Tomori: “Seeing Tonali will be nice but he is an opponent”


Fikayo Tomori is looking forward to seeing ex-teammate Sandro Tonali when Milan host Newcastle in the Champions League. The two sides kick off match week one of Europe’s top competition tomorrow evening, Newcastle’s first fixture in the Champions League since 2003-04. In his post-match presser, Tomori pointed to the need to start their campaign on the right foot, and also revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an encouraging voice in the dressing room:

“We are excited to play in front of our fans in the Champions League, we want to start well. We know Newcastle’s qualities well, they play deep in attack. We have to show our qualities but we have to give a better performance than the last one. If we play as we know, we can win.

“Ibra? Zlatan didn’t say so much today because we were training but he is nice he gives us confidence and voice in the locker room. Seeing Tonali will be nice but we will put emotions aside and play the game.”

“The derby against Inter was hard to watch because I could only watch it from the TV without helping my teammates. Tomorrow I will be on the pitch, I hope, and we will try to win to start the Champions League round well.”

“Obviously it will be nice to see Sandro again because we played so many games together. But we are professionals so when the match starts there is no such thing as friendship. After the match we might as well start talking again but during the match we are not friends.”

“Why can’t Leao be at the level of former Champions stars? Since I arrived, Leao has really improved a lot and is very important for us. He also showed that in the last Champions and I think he will show his quality in tomorrow’s game as well.”


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