Reijnders lifts lid on living in Italy and being a Dutchman at ‘great club’ Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Tijjani Reijnders has spoken about what it means to play for a club that has such a strong link to his home country the Netherlands, ahead of this evening’s Europa League game against Slavia Praha.

Reijnders was one of 10 summer signings for Milan, and it would be fair to say that he is among those who have made the biggest impact given that until recently he had played in every single game this season.

The Dutchman got his name on the scoresheet one week ago during the Rossoneri’s 4-2 win against Slavia Praha at San Siro, receiving a short corner from Alessandro Florenzi and thumping a shot into the bottom corner.

He is not actually expected to start the second leg in the Czech capital tonight, but is highly likely to come off the bench and could thus play a very important role.

UEFA spoke to Reijnders about life in Italy following his move from AZ Alkmaar and the club’s historic relationship with Dutch players, with his comments relayed below.

Tell us about your nickname…

“Power Reijnders is from Power Rangers. It came from the fans and since then, especially with the internet, it stuck. I used to watch it when I was a kid – the red Power Rangers also works, with the Milan colours.”

What is it like living in Milan?

“The city of Milan is amazing. It has great food and fun things to do. The Duomo speaks for itself. I was recently in the city and saw how immensely beautiful and large the church is. There are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can go.

“The dog park is also perfect for our dog! He’s a Pomsky, a cross between a Pomeranian and a Husky. My wife also loves the shopping and we like it here.”

You went to Africa last year…

“Last summer, we went to Tanzania and went on a safari. We went there for our honeymoon. When you see animals in the wild it’s like you’re in their world.

“A wild lion or a wild elephant is wonderful. Unfortunately we didn’t see a rhino – we’ll go again when my little one is old enough and I hope then to see the big five.”

What is it like being a Dutch player at Milan?

“When you visit Milanello or Casa Milan you see Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten are very prominent. As a Dutchman you know that, but then it becomes very clear and it’s amazing that I’m here as a Dutch player and get to play for this great club.”

Has it been a learning process at Milan?

“I’m a person who usually gets along with everyone and it’s the same here too. Learning the Italian defensive style takes a lot of tactical training and watching videos. From that, I play to my own strengths which involves quality on the ball.

“I try to show that as much as possible. I’m very positive about how I can play at Milan. Every day I’m excited to drive to Milanello and San Siro.”


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  1. So far – his only skill has been a pass merchant. He shuttles the ball back and forth.

    Does he play Defense? No.

    Does he win the ball back? No.

    Does he get assists and goals? Not really. His 2 goals are against lower league teams and his assists are very low for a midfielder.

    He was tried at AM initially. Was terrible. Moved back to DM. Still did terrible. But we have no choice but to play him. Why?

    Midfield: Bennacer, Reijnders, Adli, Musah.
    It used to be: Tonali, Kessie, Bennacer, Krunic.

    we’re literally worse in EVERY SINGLE MIDFIELD ASPECT.

    Seriously, Reijnders needs to start playing a LOT better or he should be sold. He’s not even a solid backup option at this point. He offers ZERO on the pitch.

    Milan’s entire midfield needs to be revamped – starting with Reijnders.

    1. You’re an idiot

      In fact I’m convinced you’re an inter fan. Pretty sure I’ve seen you on sempreinter site.

      Or worse, a bot. An InterFanBot

      1. It figures you would visit an Inter fan site.

        Sounds on par for you. While you are simping yourself over there, maybe take Reijnders with you next time.

        I’ll make you the same offer I make everyone else.

        Send me a 4-5 minute video from youtube or wherever of Reijnders highlights while at Milan? Be sure to capture all of his incredible goals, assists and great defensive plays.

        We’ll wait.

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