focus10 September 2020

SANDRO TONALI IN FOCUS

History, characteristics and stats: let's discover our new player

A brilliant acquisition, both for the present and the future. Sandro Tonali, born in 2000, is now an AC Milan player. Born in Lodi, the midfielder joins the Club from Brescia, with whom he played three seasons as a professional. 88 total appearances between Serie A and Serie B, six goals (one in the top flight) and 16 assists.

Born on 8 May 2000 in Lodi, his first steps came in the comune of Sant'Angelo Lodigiano. As a young player, he first took the field with Lombardia Uno and then Piacenza, before joining Brescia in 2012 – the club with which he finished his days as a youth player. He made his professional debut with the Lombardy outfit at 17 years of age – on 26 August 2017 – in Serie B against Avellino. Since that day his career has been a crescendo: he was voted best young player in Serie B in both 2017/18 and 2018/19 and was included on UEFA's list of 50 talents to watch.

SERIE A AND ITALY: THE NUMBERS
He made his Serie A debut on 25 August 2019. Despite Brescia's relegation, Tonali had a great season. A central midfielder who is comfortable on the ball, he also possesses a certain physical prowess (1.82m tall and 79kg), so he can certainly hold his own in the challenge. He's a real personality on the pitch and displays great leadership in spite of his young age. Sandro was the youngest player to provide more than five assists (seven) and play at least 25 games in Europe's Top 5 leagues in 2019/20. Furthermore, he made the fourth-most recoveries (226) in the league in 2019/20, behind Bennacer, Faraoni and Veloso. Tonali was also Brescia's leading assist provider (seven) and created the most opportunities for his teammates (68) in Serie A last season.

To those numbers, Tonali added three appearances for the Italy national team, all in the season just gone and in the qualifiers for the Euros. He even started against both Bosnia and Armenia. The Rossoneri's new midfielder finished second in the U19 Euros in 2018 under Paolo Nicolato and briefly featured for the U21 side (five appearances), before head coach Roberto Mancini handed him an inevitable call-up in October 2019.


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