Sandro Tonali: Simbol Transformasi AC Milan, Kesayangan New Fans


Sandro Tonali emerged as one of the stars of AC Milan’s 4-1 win over Cagliari. Tonali became a symbol of Milan’s transformation and is now a fan’s new favorite. AC Milan won 4-1 over Cagliari in the second week of the 2021-2022 Italian League at the San Siro Stadium, Monday (30/8/2021) early morning WIB.

Sandro Tonali opened the Diavolo Rosso (Red Devils) goal party, AC Milan’s nickname, through a beautiful free kick in the 12th minute. The world of social media was then busy discussing how similar Tonali’s first goal for AC Milan was with Andrea Pirlo’s debut goal for I Diavolo in 2002.

The other three goals of I Diavolo were contributed by Rafael Leao (17′) and Olivier Giroud (24′, 43′ pen.). One Cagliari reply came thanks to a header from Alessandro Deiola (15′).

Tonali seems to have completely returned the warm affection from the ultras in the Curva Sud aka the San Siro south tribune. Before the AC Milan vs Cagliari match started, the ultras group I Diavolo sang three special songs dedicated to Tonali and Samu Castillejo.

Why Tonali and Castillejo? Hardline AC Milan fans have been touched by Tonali’s gesture this summer. In order to smooth the transfer from his old club, Brescia, to AC Milan, Tonali is willing to accept a pay cut.

The 21-year-old’s income now (1.2 million euros per season) is less than the nominal he received last season (1.6 million euros), when he was still a Milan loan player from Brescia.

Tonali is also favored by hard-line AC Milan fans because his drive is heart, not a high salary. Meanwhile, Castillejo is revered because the Spanish winger never displays bad behavior or makes comments that break harmony even though he is not a regular choice.

Tonali slickly filled the double pivot role with Rade Krunic in a 4-2-3-1 scheme. The player who since childhood claimed to be a Milan fan rose to the top of the hierarchy because the team’s mainstay anchor duo, Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie were not yet at the best fitness level.

Kessie is still suffering from a muscle injury and Bennacer’s pre-season was interrupted due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Tonali has become a symbol of the transformation of AC Milan, a team made up of many young players who are starting to show maturity in playing.

“They learned from last season, worked very hard and developed a lot,” AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli said of praise. Tonali is an important part of Pioli’s strategy, which wants Milan to play pressing.

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Citing the FBREF website, Tonali has recorded 14 times this season to recover Milan’s possession of the ball. No other Diavolo pillar has a better record. Tonali’s stats are exactly the same as Davide Calabria’s. That is, Tonali is an essential piece for Milan’s pressing tactics. “Tonali has everything. He has technique, good positioning and quality. Now, we have to keep playing like this,” Pioli said after the match against Cagliari.

Sandro Tonali considers Gennaro Gattuso like his own father ahead of the AC Milan vs Napoli match in the Italian League. Sandro Tonali is often referred to as the new Andrea Pirlo. However, the player does not idolize the man who is currently coaching Juventus.

Tonali admires Gennaro Gattuso more. The 20-year-old midfielder admitted that he had a close relationship with the rhino. In fact, Tonali already considers Gattuso like his own father in the world of football.

“We talk occasionally, because Gattuso is like a father to me in world football,” Tonali told Sky Sport Italia. He always tells me to run,” said the owner of the number 8 at AC Milan.

“That’s how he is. He doesn’t praise much and always expects a lot from you,” Tonali added. Tonali and Gattuso will meet in the AC Milan vs Napoli match in the 27th week of the Italian League 2020-2021.

The AC Milan vs Napoli match will be held at the San Siro Stadium, Sunday (14/3/2021) or Monday morning WIB. It will be an emotional match for Gattuso. He is an AC Milan legend who has helped the club win many prestigious trophies.