The win over Juventus was a reminder of the Tomori effect on Milan and how they react to setbacks

All water is now under the bridge. Fikayo Tomori got back up and walked on after Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Chelsea. But it can’t have been easy. The broadsheet Corriere della Sera called his appearance “a horror show”. The sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport was not merciful either, giving Tomori a 4.5 out of 10 and declaring him the weakest link. “Two big mistakes and they weren’t the first of this season,” beamed the Rosa.

Forwards like Edin Dzeko and Giovanni Simeone have outrun him and scored in big games. He lost his position after being dragged to the ball for Inter’s first goal in the Derby della Madonnina and Dinamo Zagreb’s petty consolation in the Champions League. In London, the once-sovereign Alessandro Nesta, there for Amazon Prime as a pundit, berated Tomori’s defense against Chelsea’s morally crippling second place finish.

The legendary former Milan centre-back called it a “terrible, avoidable” goal and felt it had a double effect. “That’s when the team mentally collapsed and that was the difference,” Nesta remarked. “It was more mental than technical.” Milan coach Stefano Pioli agreed. “The second goal changed our mentality,” he said.

Tomori should have stopped Reece James’ cross. Once it was gone, however, he had to let it go. The 24-year-old couldn’t let it fester and cloud and discourage. Only he knows how much the World Cup plays in Tomori’s mind. The win over Juventus was a reminder of the Tomori effect on Milan and how they react to setbacks

John Verrall

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