Thanks to four wins in his first six games in charge, the Clarence Seedorf era at Milan had certainly begun in the best possible way.
There was an inescapable feeling that a cloud had been lifted following the end of Massimiliano Allegri’s tenure, and an air of positivity had once again descended upon San Siro.
After last weekend’s defeat at the hands of Juventus, it was hoped that the Rossoneri would continue their good form as they travelled to face struggling minnows Udinese. The Dutch coach had much to consider with the away leg of their Champions League last 16 meeting against Atletico Madrid awaiting.
Seeking a balance between three important Serie A points and resting players for that vital European encounter, Seedorf made seven changes to his starting XI, teaching us much about his current mindset.
Over the following pages are six things we learned about these two sides from the game, which ended with a 1-0 defeat for Milan.