A lot of things have changed at AC Milan since Gennaro Gattuso was winning Champions League titles there.
At the time the Rossoneri had a reputation as a solid defensive outfit laced with class and ability up front.
But above all they were tough men at the back.
Gattuso and Paolo Maldini embodied the hard man, do anything to win attitude.
But times move on and so did the nature of one of Europe’s great teams.
Signing players like Robinho, Stephan El Sharaawy and snood-wearing Mario Balotelli required a different kind of dressing room atmosphere.
Now that Gattuso is back in charge it looks like he wants to bring some of the steel that made Milan the European heavyweights we remember.
It seems like the players are taking on Gattuso’s words and shedding their ‘bubble-wrapped footballers’ rep.
On Sunday night against Bologna the temperatures fell to nearly freezing.
You would expect to see an avalanche of snoods, gloves, under armour and even tights.
Not on Gattuso’s watch.
Ignazio Abate, Leonardo Bonucci and Ricardo Montolivo, Fabio Borini all played in short sleeves with no gloves on.
The Gattuso effect.
Although Gattuso’s most famous midfield partner Andrea Pirlo was known to don long sleeves and a pair of gloves, he will have liked what he saw on Sunday night.
And it helped on the pitch as two goals from Giacomo Bonaventura helped secure Gattuso’s first win as manager.
We are not saying Gattuso forced them to bear the cold but it would surely have won some respect from their gaffer.
After Milan conceded a 95th-minute goal to Benevento’s goalkeeper last weekend the little general had very strong words for the players.
“For Milan fans, maybe it would’ve been better to get stabbed than concede this goal,” the former midfielder said.
“I never expected to suffer like that, taking a goal from the goalkeeper in the 95th minute.”
It’s a dramatic statement but when you lose to a side who hasn’t picked up a point all season and you are AC Milan is is understandable.