Seedorf surprised by leaving De Jong on the bench in favour of Sulley Muntari and Riccardo Montolivo, but explained his choice.
"It was nothing against Nigel, who has done very well, but I knew we'd have a lot of shots from distance and so Muntari and Montolivo are more suited to that role. I also took the opportunity to rest Nigel, as we'll need him in great shape.
"I believe Rami has great potential and is a very positive lad who is giving us a big hand. He still needs to get to know Italian football, though.