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Former Milan defender Tassotti talks about the team, Ibra and Tomori

Sun 07 March 2021 | 10:40

Mauro Tassotti says AC Milan should not surrender in the Scudetto race and gives his opinion about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Fikayo Tomori.

With Theo Hernandez and Sandro Tonali joining the unavailable players such as Mario Mandzukic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic, and Hakan Calhanoglu for the match against Verona at the Bentegodi today, the Rossoneri will have a troublesome part to play in

Serie A

"

Hellas are a tough team, but Milan must believe they can still fight for the title. If it weren't for Inter's excellent results, they would be there,"

Tassotti, an ex-Milan player and assistant coach, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Milan must focus on one game at a time, without looking ahead of them, but neither over their shoulders," he continued.

"They are struggling with injuries, and it was predictable to go through a challenging moment.

"I think of Calhanoglu or Theo, who didn't live up to expectations in the last few games. It can happen.

"Then there is Ibra, he returned after many injuries. We are talking about a man who weights almost 100kg, it's not easy to recover the best fitness immediately."

The Swedish star Ibra was the visitor on each of the five evenings of the

Sanremo

music festival this week. 

"Zlatan is almost 40 and is free to manage himself. He is a super professional," Tassotti said.

"Someone may be unhappy to see him at Sanremo, but he was injured too. He could not play anyway.

"Now Milan must recover him and other key players."

Should the Rossoneri extend Zlatan's stay for one more season? 

"It's surprising to see what he's done this season. He is the team's best scorer and we would talk about incredible figures if he hadn't missed a few penalties, so…"

What about Alessio Romagnoli? Is Fikayo Tomori bound to supplant him forever?

"Romagnoli started on the bench once, it doesn't mean Pioli doesn't rely on him. I understand he may be disappointed, but it's evident Milan appreciate Romagnoli, or they wouldn't have made him captain.

"Tomori is a fast and athletic defender. Maybe he could replace Kjaer."

 

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