Tonali: “I will remember this moment, Ibrahimović is an example for all of us to follow and he can only be admired”

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Sandro Tonali during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on September 21, 2020. (Spada LaPresse)

Sandro Tonali made his debut as a Milan player at San Siro last night, but he already looks ahead.

Tonali made his Serie A debut with the Rossoneri shirt last night, as he played 15 minutes in the place of Franck Kessié in the 2-0 win over Bologna at San Siro.

Sandro had a rather shaky start but it’s clear that as time passes, the 20-year-old will feel more comfortable in his new environment and show why he’s regarded as one of the top talents in Italy.

“First sensations of playing at San Siro with a Milan shirt? It’s always nice to play here at San Siro, this stadium is part of football history so every time I play here I get really excited. The fans made themselves heard even though there weren’t many but we got to feel their warmth,” Tonali told MilanTV after the game.

“Pioli? The coach expects you to work a lot, work, work, work… then when a player is ready, he’ll give him a chance. That’s how it should be. Our primary objective is to work hard during the week.

“Ibra? He is always the same, he’s always strong. On Monday he gave us a massive hand with his brace. He’s an example for all of us to follow and can only be admired.

“If I’ll think back on my debut or am I already thinking about the next game? This match is over, now we’re focused on the next game in a few days’ time, we’re building our home one brick at a time and I believe I will remember this moment, as a it should be, but I’m focused on the next game already.”

Sandro Tonali during Milan-Bologna at Stadio San Siro on September 21, 2020. (Spada LaPresse)

Speaking to Sky, he added: “The dream come true? Now it’s a reality, but in a few days there is another match and we are focused on doing well. It’s nice to live the dream but we have to be careful about the many matches we have to face.

“The impact of the Milan world? I didn’t find any difficulties, the level has risen. The teammates are fantastic because they help everyone and are willing to sacrifice themselves for their teammate. It’s great to play with this group, we are a young team but we want to win and on Monday we proved it.

“Ibrahimović? Zlatan is strong, as well as being an idol for everyone. At 39 he still shows that he can play, win games and score and so we must all take him as an example and as a teammate who can make us win games.

“The number 8? It is a number that is not only beautiful but also important for me and for the history of Milan. Wearing it is an honor. I have to try to give my best and do what the 8’s of Milan have done.”

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alexmilan55
alexmilan55
1 month ago

You need to show your qualities and your personality, I didn’t like the way you came in the game, you can do much much better

Urban
Urban
1 month ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

Pioli should start him on Thursday

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago
Reply to  Urban

Tonali does not need to be rushed. Let’s take one thing after the other..I know u want him to start showing his stuff so soon..but lets give him time

A.R.
A.R.
1 month ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

Give him a break, why dont you? He hasnt played for some time, he is young, he has to get in the right physical condition, know the style of play and his teammates + playing for 15 minutes at the end when several key players have been substituted and the rest is tired is not ideal conditions to impress. Tonali will show his quality and worth, don`t worry.

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

You guys need to calm down. That’s the way we criticized Benaccer but at the end he has become a beast. ..calm down.

Gab
Gab
1 month ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

You can say that again. Even Kessie and Rebic some were calling for their heads but look now.

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

Tonali can dictate tempo. He can kill the rhytme of the game. Bennacer can not