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.”
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.”