AC Milan boss claims one Tottenham star was lucky to escape red card 

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has claimed that Cristian Romero could have been given his marching orders for his tackle on Sandro Tonali in Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Romero came back into the starting eleven for the clash after missing Tottenham’s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Leicester City owing to a suspension as a result of being red-carded in the win over Manchester City.

Cristian Romero
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The Argentine looked quite shaky in Milan and was partly at fault for the home side’s goal, with Theo Hernandez getting the better of the centre-back in a dual in the lead-up to the opener.

The World Cup winner made a typically rash challenge at the start of the second half as he slid in to win the ball only for him to catch Tonali on his ankle.

The 23-year-old was shown a yellow card for the foul but Pioli believes that the Tottenham man should have seen red.

The 57-year-old told Milan Live about Romero’s challenge: “It was a bad intervention. More like a red card than a yellow one.

“(Tonali’s) ankle swelled up a bit, and I preferred to take him off. Sandro is a fighter. When he produces this kind of performance, the whole team gains strength.”

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We know that Romero has this habit of committing full-blooded to a sliding challenge, which leaves him with no choice but to take out the opposing player if the player in question gets to the ball first.

Unless he manages to rein in that tendency, the centre-back is going to red card on many occasions over the years to come.

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