Seedorf begins Milan tenure against Hellas

Milan, Italy ( - Clarence Seedorf will make his managerial debut at AC Milan on Sunday against Hellas Verona with Milan residing in 11th place and in need of a quick turnaround.

Seedorf spent 10 years in Milan as a player, scoring 62 goals in 432 games while helping the Rossoneri capture two Serie A titles, two Champions League crowns and one Coppa Italia.

But the 38-year-old faces a major challenge at the San Siro with his club, which trails Sunday's opposition by 10 points entering the weekend.

Former boss Massimiliano Allegri was fired after Milan's 4-3 defeat at relegation-battling Sassuolo last weekend with teenage striker Domenico Berardi scoring all four times.

Seedorf retired from Brazilian side Botafogo on Tuesday in order to take the Milan post, and he will be hopeful that the team's 3-1 win over Serie B outfit Spezia in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday can serve as the starting point for a turnaround.

Mauro Tassotti was in charge of Milan for that match, but he will turn things over to Seedorf, who faces a massive 20-point gap between his side and the final Champions League place.

Hellas has adjusted quite well to life back in Serie A as the club sits in sixth place and finds itself in contention for a place in Europe next season.

The club is coming off of a 3-0 home defeat against Napoli, but won its prior to games against Lazio and Udinese by a combined score of 7-2.

Juventus has taken firm control of Serie A with an eight-point lead at the top of the league and the Old Lady will attempt to extend its record winning streak to 12 games with a victory at home against Sampdoria on Saturday.

Roma is Juve's closest title challenger and the capital side entertains second-from-the-bottom Livorno on Saturday.

Third-place Napoli carries a six-match unbeaten streak into its contest at Bologna, which is one point from safety, Fiorentina invades last-place Catania and Lazio tangles with Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.

Cagliari and Atalanta enter the weekend level on 21 points and the two sides square off on Sunday, Inter Milan visits Genoa, Chievo entertains Parma and Sassuolo eyes another three points when the club hosts Torino.