Seedorf enjoys first Milan derby victory as manager

Clarence Seedorf
AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf. Photo: PA

Clarence Seedorf managed to enjoy the occasion of overseeing his first Derby della Madonnina from the touchline as AC Milan edged out rivals Inter 1-0 on Sunday night.

The former Holland midfielder, who played for both Milan and Inter during a distinguished career in Serie A, celebrated leading the Rossoneri to their first derby victory over the Nerazzurri in the league since April 2011.

Seedorf played in that 3-0 triumph but this time called the shots from the technical area and watched Nigel de Jong's second-half header fire Milan up to eighth in the table where they sit just one point away from a Europa League berth.

The Dutchman admitted to experiencing a severe bout of nerves before the encounter at San Siro, but afterwards revelled in the unique feeling of delivering derby success as a manager.

He told acmilan.com: "I wanted to enjoy the derby.

"The team went out there with the right spirit and, although we were a little nervous at the beginning, we soon took control of the game.

"We deserved to have the upper hand and we deserved to win.

"Everyone played well and they played like a real team. That certainly makes life easier for the lads.

"We now need to enjoy this victory and then we can work on taking all three points from Atalanta.

I've enjoyed a lot of beautiful moments here and I'd like to thank these guys for letting me experience this feeling.

– Clarence Seedorf

While Inter remain in a superior position in the table to their city rivals and look better placed to secure Europa League football, recent results have been poor and the Nerazzurri were noticeably toothless during Sunday's derby.

Milan are on the rise with Torino and Parma both lurking underneath fifth place and Inter boss Walter Mazzarri is therefore demanding a prompt reaction against Lazio next weekend.

"We wasted a lot of nervous energy and weren't ourselves," he told inter.it. "That's how it's been all season, with lots of ups and downs.

"A derby comes down to how you handle the occasion and Milan probably handled it better than we did.

"We were all downbeat in the dressing room as there was nothing left to say.

"We'll put the derby behind us and start thinking about Lazio. Our league position is in our own hands and I hope this defeat motivates us for the Lazio game."