Taarabt scored on his Serie A debut, but Gokhan Inler and a Gonzalo Higuain brace turned it all around.
âTaarabt had a great debut. He showed a lot of quality, worked hard and scored a great goal. He presented himself well, didnât he?â
Seedorf explained some of his unusual choices, such as benching Riccardo Montolivo and pushing Ignazio Abate into the attacking trio behind Mario Balotelli.
âIt 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.
âWe didnât 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 Iâve seen him play there a few times under Allegri.
âI wanted to make two substitutions after the break, but had to preserve one, so I opted to move the players around instead.
âWeâve got the Champions League coming up and Kaka wouldâve played if he hadnât 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.â
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