Taarabt scored on his Serie A debut, but Gokhan Inler and a Gonzalo Higuain brace turned it all around.
“Taarabt had a great debut. He showed a lot of quality, worked hard and scored a great goal. He presented himself well, didn’t he?”
Seedorf explained some of his unusual choices, such as benching Riccardo Montolivo and pushing Ignazio Abate into the attacking trio behind Mario Balotelli.
“It was a step backwards in terms of the result, but I also saw many positive things. Unfortunately we had prepared it a certain way, then Kaka and Keisuke Honda got ill, so I had to make changes.
“We didn’t have all the players to use this system. I saw Ignazio was struggling a little in the first half, so I moved Urby Emanuelson there as I’ve seen him play there a few times under Allegri.
“I wanted to make two substitutions after the break, but had to preserve one, so I opted to move the players around instead.
“We’ve got the Champions League coming up and Kaka would’ve played if he hadn’t been ill for three days with a fever. As well as to get as many points as possible, my job is to help improve the players who I found in not great physical condition. That takes time.”
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