Former Chelsea player Fikayo Tomori is in line to face Newcastle United in the Champions League tomorrow and he feels AC Milan know what to expect.
Fikayo Tomori missed AC Milan‘s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of their bitter rivals Inter Milan through suspension but is likely to feature when Newcastle end their 20 year absence from the Champions League tomorrow night.
Three-times capped England international Tomori will be familiar with Newcastle as will his Milan and former Chelsea team-mates, Oliver Giroud, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic, which could be why they feel they know what to expect from the Magpies.
Fikayo Tomori was very complimentary of Newcastle today
Tomori was speaking to the press ahead of the clash with Newcastle tomorrow (via Sempre Milan) where he was asked what to expect from Newcastle: “They are a very strong team, with legs up front and physicality at the back. They play a lot of deep balls. We know the game we expect and then we have to demonstrate our quality with or without the ball.”
Milan will of course be looking to put Saturday’s embarrassing result behind them and as such Newcastle will have to be wary of a fired-up Milan team.
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On the flip side, Newcastle come into this game with confidence after ending their three-game win-less run with a 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday.
Newcastle will be able to call on some inside information from Sandro Tonali who switched Milan for Tyneside this summer, although the Milan team as a lot different now to how it was when he left.
A win in Milan could really set Newcastle’s season off
The Italian side invested all of the £55million Newcastle paid for Tonali on several new players and as such there will now be gaps in Tonali’s knowledge.
After 20 years of Champions League exile, the result doesn’t even matter in a way tomorrow. Much like when Newcastle took on Manchester United at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final last year, the occasion is enough. Just being back amongst the elite is an achievement, we are still building towards competing.
That being said, a win tomorrow would really kick Newcastle’s season off.