Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Seedorf: Maldini Proves Age Is Not Important

Clarence Seedorf has hit back at those who say that Milan are too old, and says that Paolo Maldini proves that age is not important.

Seedorf was talking to about Holland’s chances at this summer’s European Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

Holland have a very young squad, in contrast to Milan, who consist of players mostly above the age of 30.

“We will have to see because there are a lot of talented players who could become champions,” Seedorf said when asked about the Holland youngsters.

“Only a few of them actually do make it. For example, at Milan we have Alexandre Pato and we need to ensure that he develops away from pressure. He needs space to grow and learn from his mistakes.

“However, age isn’t a key factor – the desire to be competitive is. Look at Paolo Maldini – he’s 40 and is still the best.

Holland have been drawn in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at Euro 2008, and will play Italy in their opening game.

Seedorf will come up against a number of his club colleagues, including the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Oddo.

“At the moment I really don’t know how it will be to face my teammates, but it will certainly be good to take part in the tournament,” he explained.

“We were knocked out of the World Cup and didn’t win our European Championships qualification Group so we are fully aware that it will be difficult.”