AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali dedicated progression in the Champions League to the fans who travelled to see the team in north London.
It was a night where very little clicked for Spurs as Milan’s resilient defence held up, with the end result being the first ever 0-0 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tonali spoke to Milan TV at the end of the game to reflect on what was a very memorable night.
“We did our best and put everything on the field. It was what we wanted to do. We are happy with the qualification. When you play in these matches you are full of adrenaline and emotion. Qualifying after eleven years is a beautiful thing. I will feel tired in the next few days but it does not matter,” he said.
On the difference between Serie A and the Champions League: “Champions matches are different, you always have to put something extra on the field that you also have to bring to the league. It’s difficult to do it but in the Champions League you have strength inside and all these fans here have given us a great boost.”
On the quarter-finals: “Now it’s a clash, any match will be open. We don’t set goals but we only play for Milan and to be worthy of Milan.”
On the referees: “Referees stop play a lot less in Europe, but in football, you dish out the hits and you get hit. It’s all normal on the field, so I think I’ll continue what I’ve been doing.”
Finally, a message to the fans: “Certainly the first dedication goes to the fans, who are always by our side. That’s the only thing to say right now”