Sandro Tonali has revealed that returning to AC Milan and getting an ovation for the fans is something that he ‘will remember forever’.
Tonali got a great reception from the Milan fans as he came out to warm up as he received applause and even had some songs dedicated to him, and it will have been a strange feeling for him returning to not only his former club but the team he grew up supporting.
Tonali was back at San Siro for the first time since his exit and he spoke to Sky Italia after the game, which was ultimately a hard-fought point for Newcastle in a game that they were second best in throughout.
“I will bring this embrace of San Siro with me for a very long time. It was something I will remember forever. You expect it to be wonderful, but when you are there, it’s different,” he said (via TMW).
“The day of the game passed by so quickly, but I tried to enjoy every single minute. I cannot disguise my passion for Milan. I didn’t disguise it when I was at Brescia, nor playing for Milan and I won’t now that I am at Newcastle. It would not be possible or desirable to hide this passion.”
Milan had eight shots on target to Newcastle’s one – which came deep into added time – so Tonali’s side will probably feel like they have escaped with a very useful draw. Paris Saint-Germain beat Borussia Dortmund to become early group leaders.
“This is the most complicated group, as all four teams can quality. The objective coming here was to keep a clean sheet and we achieved that.
“I saw a great Milan team, they are difficult to play against and can run from their box to ours with just a couple of through balls.”