Milan’s Fikayo Tomori reflects on life in Italy, the Champions League, and more

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Fikayo Tomori of AC Milan applauds their fans after the Serie A match between AC MIlan and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 26, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Ahead of his return to London in the Champions League with Milan, defender Fikayo Tomori reflected on life in Italy over the previous two years.

Since his arrival in January 2021, the England international has quickly become one of the team’s most crucial pieces, appearing in 91 matches across all competitions.

He’ll be tasked with preventing Harry Kane from finding the back of the net on Wednesday when Milan face Tottenham Hotspur with a trip to the Champions League quarter finals on the line.

“My dream in life might sound a bit clichéd, but I don’t want to have any regrets,” Tomori told UEFA’s official website.

“I want to be able to say at the end of it, I did everything I could, allowed myself to be myself. At the end of that, if I win a million trophies or if I just have the Scudetto, in myself I’m content in what I’ve done.”

He continued, “Milan? Once I arrived here, I remember I put on the top and the red-and-black stripes, it was just surreal.”

“San Siro, it’s like a monument. You can see it the whole way as you’re driving. It kind of feels like it’s leaning towards you. Then, on a matchday, the fans are there from two hours before the game. You just feel the energy from them.”

“You play the league games, you play the domestic cup competitions, but then when the Champions League comes, it’s just different.”

“The lights are a bit brighter now in San Siro. You’re listening to the last minute when they go ‘The champions’ and then the whole stadium just sings. It gives you goosebumps, even though every time it happens. It’s just, like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy.'”