AC Milan threw away an early lead to lose 2-1 to Udinese and exit the Coppa Italia, leaving Clarence Seedorf to warn against inflated expectations.
The Dutch tactician began his coaching career with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hellas Verona last weekend, which lifted the mood at San Siro.
Mario Balotelli was vocal about his enthusiasm for the new coach and Sulley Muntari passionately extolled his virtues in the press.
But Seedorf's second outing wasn't so successful as Milan were beaten by Udinese and have lost a potential route to the Europa League.
Balotelli put Milan ahead with a tap-in but Udinese levelled from the penalty spot before the break when Widmer was felled by Urby Emanuelson and Luis Muriel put his kick just beyond Christian Abbiati.
Udinese started to take control and Nico Lopez run through to place the ball past Abbiati and end Milan's Cup run to the frustration of the fans, many of whom whistled and jeered the players.
"I just told the lads to stay calm because miracles don't happen. One win hasn't changed everything and we are back to reality. We will do everything to improve.
"During this period I am getting to know the players on and off the pitch and together we will create the kind of football that I have in mind."
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