Tomori discusses Scudetto pledge, Ibra’s message plus the impact of Giroud and Maignan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori has spoken about the Scudetto fight and the desire that the group has to win a trophy at the end of the season.

Tomori has given an exclusive interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport during which he discussed a number of different topics, and he first spoke about the atmosphere that he feels at the club.

“The comparison with last season helps us to understand that we are on the right track. Pioli stimulates us continuously. And Milanello from this point of view is a symbolic place,” he said (via SempreMilan.it).

“Just wandering through the corridors and see the photos of the victories this team has been capable of in the past, successes that have made the history of Italian football and beyond… Those looking for an extra stimulus cannot fail to find it.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not wear the captain’s armband, but he is recognised as one of the leaders of this team and has been since he returned to the club midway through the 2019-20 season, helping to mentor some of the younger players.

“Since I arrived he has only repeated one word to me: to win. Winning in every situation, in training, in a match. From the locker room to the pitch, his voice is always heard. He continually encourages us and makes a huge contribution in keeping us always focused. He is the first to point out if we need to run more or defend better,” Tomori said.

Tomori played with striker Olivier Giroud while he was at Chelsea and this past summer the pair were reunited as the French striker swapped London for Italy, having been a success so far.

“We spoke as soon as the first rumours started. He asked me what the situation was like at Milan and I replied that it would be fantastic to have him with us, because he would help us win. Oli is decisive, it has proved it here too. With his experience, he is able to help the youngest.”

Tomori’s job at the heart of the defence is to make goalkeeper Mike Maignan’s life easier, but the former Lille man has stepped up with some amazing performances already this season and the Englishman is happy for it.

“Mike gives great confidence, we talk a lot during the match and off the pitch. We sit next to each other in the changing room, he has an incredible mentality, we discuss everything. Lately also on his experience in France, on how he lived the end of the season that then led Lille to triumph,” Tomori said.

“He says not to worry about the others but to keep the focus only on us and on the next race . Having done that, immediately think about the next one. Step by step.”

Milan are embroiled in a battle for the Scudetto with city rivals Inter plus Napoli and Juventus, and Tomori was asked how he would celebrate if the team did get number 19.

“We haven’t thought about it yet, but I am convinced that we will invent something with Saelemaekers. For now I can say that if I had to run 10km more on the pitch, I certainly wouldn’t hold back.”

Finally, some words on the war in Ukraine: “I read the news about them in the newspapers. I can only say that it is a difficult period that sees so many people suffering. I hope that those who have the power to do so can make decisions to resolve everything as quickly as possible.”

Tags AC Milan Fikayo Tomori Mike Maignan Olivier Giroud Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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