Champions League: Clarence Seedorf takes positives from AC Milan's defeat to Atletico Madrid
Clarence Seedorf believes AC Milan can progress in Europe despite slipping to a dramatic defeat against Atletico Madrid.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 20/02/14 7:32am
Milan bossed long periods of their last-16 encounter with Spanish visitors to the San Siro on Wednesday, but ended the night on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline after seeing Diego Costa nod home seven minutes from time.
A second leg in Madrid means the Serie A outfit are far from out of the tie, but they know it could have been them in the driving seat after failing to convert a number of chances on home soil.
Seedorf is refusing to feel demoralised, though, and feels there are plenty of positives for his side to take from their latest continental outing.
He told Sky Italia: "Everyone saw what my guys have done on the pitch. I'm proud of what they did.
"In the last 20 minutes we fell a little, and Atletico grew.
"We have been unlucky and suffered in the end.
"In the first half we were very positive. I think (Mario) Balotelli showed many good things. He's growing all the time.
"We showed big respect to Atletico and big courage. The supporters gave us a lot of help and I'm confident heading into the second leg."
January signing Adel Taarabt made his Champions League bow in the midweek encounter and the Morocco international - on loan from Queens Park Rangers - is also of the opinion that Milan can pick up a positive result on the road.
He said on UEFA's official website: "It is not over yet, we have another game to play in Madrid.
"We know it will be really tough, but we had our chances tonight and we can have other chances in three weeks' time. We have to be at our best in Madrid."