Mario Balotelli backs Clarence Seedorf to remain AC Milan coach


Mario Balotelli insists that AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is not under any pressure.

Clarence Seedorf may have been appointed the AC Milan coach only in January, but he has already come under pressure.

The 37-year-old took over from Massimiliano Allegri with the Rossoneri struggling both in Serie A and in the Champions League, but results have not improved.

Milan lost both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid and have suffered defeats against the likes of Udinese and Parma in Serie A.

The Diavolo ended a run of three defeats in all competitions on Sunday when they drew 1-1 with Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and registered a 2-0 away win against Champions League hopefuls Fiorentina.

Mario Balotelli, who has struggled with injuries and poor form this season, was a key player for the Serie A giants on Wednesday, scoring the second goal in Florence with a free kick in the 64th minute.

The Italian striker was also instrumental in the opening goal, as it was his saved free-kick that Philippe Mexes tucked home.

After the game, Balotelli made it clear that coach Seedorf is not under pressure and insisted that he and his team-mates are firmly behind the former Milan midfielder.

“We have not saved anyone’s position,” the 23-year-old told reporters.

“I have not read the newspapers, but it is not that because you lose one or two games it becomes a matter of discussing someone."

“We are not nervous and no one fights in the dressing room. The group is fantastic and has always been united."

“Certainly there was regret at the exit from the Champions League and it is bad to not make it into Europe for next year, but rumours of quarrels are rubbish.”

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