Clarence Seedorf has expressed his excitement at experiencing the showpiece fixture that is Milan v Juventus once again in his new role as Rossoneri manager.
The Dutchman starred many times in the glamorous encounter during a decade-long playing career at the San Siro - the ground Juve will be visiting tomorrow - and is pleased to be a part of it once again from a different perspective.
Previewing the clash in front of an audience of journalists, the 37-year-old began: “It’s the first Milan v Juve that I’ll be experiencing from the dugout, and I’m honoured to be able to do so.”
The only player to have won the Champions League with three different teams, Seedorf is certainly well acquainted will success on the pitch.
But as a newcomer to the managerial game, he admitted there are plenty of examples he will be looking to study, including that of inspirational Bianconeri leader Antonio Conte.
“I must congratulate Juventus for the scale of their development since winning the first Scudetto. I think Conte’s given Italian football something extra that’s very positive, as Montella has also done.
“I’m new to this and have still got to prove myself. I’m watching carefully what others do, looking to learn as quickly as possible by using my football experience in this new role.”
With Milan picking up 13 points from the six league games since his mid-January arrival, the fruits of Seedorf’s labours are already evident. But taking on the reigning champions of Italy will surely be his biggest test so far.
“More than a test I’d describe this game as an opportunity. There’s a great tradition between these teams and I’ve had the fortune of often ending up on the winning side in my career.
“But that’s the past, and I’m convinced my men will put in the great performance necessary considering the strength of the opposition, who have been on top for three years. For us it’s not the league table but the three points that count."