Tonali reveals the heavy defeat that ‘triggered’ Milan’s resurgence as he reflects on dream move

By Oliver Fisher -

Sandro Tonali has described his summer move to AC Milan as ‘an emotion which cannot be explained in words’ as he reflected on his time so far.

Milan pulled off one of the most impressive coups of the summer when they swooped in to land Tonali on a loan with option to buy deal just as it seemed the player was destined to join rivals Inter.

The media attention is probably enough for Tonali to know he is doing something right, but further gratification came last night when he won the coveted Golden Boy award for the Best Italian Player U21.

Interviewed on Sky Italia, Tonali spoke about his move to Milan and how he has settled in, while realising a childhood dream in the process.

“With the move to Milan I also grew head-on, a step not easy to take, now I have to improve further. Playing with the Milan shirt is an emotion which cannot be explained in words, especially for those who like Milan supporters as a child,” he said (via MilanNews).

“The Milan midfield belongs to all 4. We are all playing a lot and there is no real leader in the middle of the field. We are all at the same level.”

On the compliments of Gattuso: “I’m not better than him, the coach exaggerates (laughs). He has won many team awards which in my opinion is the most difficult thing of all. Winning Champions Leagues and the World Cup as he did is not for everyone.”

He also spoke to Tuttosport about the turning point for Milan, which arrived before he joined.

“All the teams are experiencing an extremely difficult year, but when you win everything around you changes colour,” he said.

“The move to Milan in the summer was one of the most intense emotions of my life, being able to immediately take this path full of successes can only give further pleasure.

“It seems trivial, but it is true that winning helps to win. It suddenly becomes easier to face the next task on the calendar: you live the moment with less pressure and with more freedom in your head.”

“I think Atalanta’s 5-0 win last year triggered something important in the locker room.”

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