Seedorf: Botafogo youngsters are proving the difference
Botafogo veteran Clarence Seedorf believes the club’s young players are making the difference this season.
The 37-year-old has guided his side to second place in the Brasileirão table this season, after lifting the Rio state championship earlier this year.
But Seedorf has highlighted the importance of youngsters such as Doría and Vitinho as he believes they have made the difference so far this term.
He told FIFA.com: "This is a group of players that are really keen to progress – and fast. The coach is doing a marvellous job too.
"We’ve got quality and we’ve got lots of youngsters, but it’s the young lads that are proving the difference for us because of the progression they’re making.
"It’s not something you see very often, so many players evolving so quickly. Normally, in a squad you can make changes and still send out a strong XI, but we know we haven’t got a squad like the ones Corinthians, Gremio and Inter[nacional] have.
"That’s why the young lads we’ve got who are playing more often have to progress very quickly. We don’t have the squad to be making changes all the time."
The Fogão are one of the favourites to lift the domestic title this term and Seedorf has insisted they want to take their chance.
"We reckon this is the year we need to seize our chance,” he added. "You never know what’ll happen next year.
"Look at Fluminense: last year they were flying, this year they’re struggling. This is particularly true in Brazil, where I’ve already learned there’s not much to choose between teams.
"We’re making the most of our moment and trying to build on it every day. This is a group that wants to help itself and play positive football, getting the ball down, trying to create moves. We make a lot of goalscoring chances in every game."