Milan Youngster Hails Coaches That Helped His Growth

Tommaso Pobega has carved out a decent role for himself at Milan after consecutive loan spells. He opened up in an interview with TuttoSport.

“I realized I would stay when I talked with the executives and the coach at the end of the summer. We were on the same page. Being at Milan is a starting point and another step in my journey. I’ve constantly raised the bar.”

“My previous stints were essential. I wasn’t ready to make the first team coming off the Primavera. I needed to grow away from the pressure that is present here. I’ve improved year after year and earned this opportunity.”

Pobega discussed his previous coaches.

“Gennaro Gattuso was the first one that didn’t treat me as a kid but as an adult, which helped me understand that I had to take responsibility. Luigi De Canio gave me a lot of trust and playing time. Attilio Tesser taught me to be more practical, concrete and dangerous in the box. Vincenzo Italiano rounded out my game technically and tactically. He gave me a ton of advice.”

“Ivan Juric told me to be bolder and more enterprising. He’s a very direct and honest person and capable of identifying and valorizing the strengths of each player. Stefano Pioli is adding something new every day. He works in a completely different manner than the others. In addition, I’m playing in the Champions League now. You have to constantly set a new goal for yourself when you are at Milan.”

Pobega previewed the clash with Torino.

“The Granata are in good shape and tough to deal with. We will have to be focused, and the episodes will make the difference.”

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