Tomori urges Milan to put Derby behind them ahead of Newcastle clash

BOLOGNA, ITALY - AUGUST 21: Fikayo Tomori of AC Milancelebrates during the Serie A TIM match between Bologna FC and AC Milan at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on August 21, 2023 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Milan defender Fikayo Tomori insisted his side must bounce back right away from this past weekend’s disappointing 5-1 defeat against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina.

The Englishman was suspended for the Rossoneri’s humiliation against their in-city rivals and admitted it was difficult to watch. However, he urged his teammates to put the game behind when they host Newcastle United on Tuesday evening for their opening tie in the Champions League group stage.

“It was brutal to watch the Derby from the outside looking in,” admitted Tomori during a pre-match press conference.

“Obviously we’re disappointed but we’ve got another game tomorrow. We have to bounce back right away and that starts with our Champions League match. We know our qualities and shouldn’t have lost the way we did in the Derby.”

Adding, “Now we’ll try to correct our mistakes and do better because we don’t want any further disappointments. We want to start our Champions League campaign well and we’re well aware of Newcastle’s quality.”

Tomori was also asked what it will be like to reunite with Sandro Tonali, who left Milan this summer to join the Magpies in a big money transfer switch.

He replied, “It will be nice to see him again but tomorrow he will be an opponent and we have to leave friendship aside.”