It was only one week ago that AC Milan earned a hard-fought draw with Champions League holders Barcelona in their first group match of the campaign.
The luster and excitement of that draw quickly disappeared when the Rossoneri returned to Serie A play five days later.
Napoli stunned the defending Italian champions behind a hat trick from Edinson Cavani to maintain their early lead in Serie A this year.
AC Milan must pull things together quickly again as they get set to host third place Udinese.
The Bianconeri have yet to concede a goal in two Serie A matches so far this year and trail only Napoli and Juventus at the top of the table.
This will be Udinese's first real test since falling to Arsenal in the Champions League playoff, though.
Milan is a great, but banged up squad with limited options at a number of positions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent yet again for the Rossoneri, and their depth up top has become somewhat of an issue.
What Milan will need to gain some ground in league play is another inspired effort similar in the match with Barcelona.
Despite getting an early lead against the Catalans, Milan fell behind but managed to rally late and salvage a draw. Rather than folding to the attacks of the world's best club, they fought and stuck around just long enough to net an equalizing strike.
Udinese is hardly on the level of Barcelona. In fact, Barca stole Udinese's best player, Alexis Sanchez, this summer.
This Serie A matchup may be very early in the season, but both clubs are looking for a leg up in the table, and neither wants to experience a setback right now.
With Napoli sitting a top the table with Juventus and Udinese close behind, expect to see Milan come all out against the Bianconeri. The Rossoneri's next match is against bottom-dwelling Cesena, and they would love earn full points in their two matches this week.