AC Milan moving closer to Europa League spots, says Seedorf

The Dutch coach believes European qualification is a possibility for the Rossoneri and believes the team are improving under his leadership

Clarence Seedorf is happy to see his AC Milan move closer to the Europa League spots in Serie A.

Milan's 2-1 win over Genoa on Monday pulled them to within five points of Parma, who hold the league's fifth and final European spot, however sixth place may be enough to earn a European berth depending on the result of the Coppa Italia final.

And Seedorf was delighted to see his side squeeze the gap but says he isn't getting too excited about the prospect of his team playing European football next term.

"The Europa League is closer," he said.

"But there are many teams fighting for those positions and closer to the target, so we’ll keep going and see what happens.

"We must be very practical and pragmatic here. The club has set an objective and we will all try to achieve it. At the end of the season, whether we achieve it or not, we will prepare for the new season.

The Dutchman turned his attention to his side's important win over Genoa and said he was happy to see Keisuke Honda and Adel Taarabt find the net.

"I'm certainly happy with the team's performance, they were able to battle against a Genoa side that proved it had heart. Genoa really pushed hard, so to win here was a great result. 

"Adel Taarabt had a good performance, but so did everyone.

"I am very happy for Keisuke Honda. It was an important moment, as he broke his duck and we scored in a particular moment of the game when Genoa were pushing very hard indeed."

The former Milan player added that he believes the team are progressing under his guardianship.

"Choosing the first pass when we get the ball back is an aspect we have discussed regularly, including at half-time this evening. The idea is to move the opponents around by spreading it left to right and not just vertical passes," he added.

"I am interested in reaching the end of the season with as many points as possible. This is not a situation worthy of Milan, so we’ll continue working to improve and keep our feet on the ground."

"We had to change a huge amount since I arrived, for one reason or another. We’ve rediscovered Philippe 
Mexes, who is growing game by game, and Christian Abbiati was again decisive.

"We need to bring more consistency to our 
defence and we have to improve on how we read the game, above all the midfielderswhen they start the moves."