AC Milan defender Davide Calabria was snubbed by Roberto Mancini as Italy crashed out of their World Cup qualifying campaign with a semi-final loss against North Macedonia.
MilanNews writes how Mancini preferred to bring Mattia De Sciglio instead of Calabria after Di Lorenzo’s knee injury which was a positive for Milan as he was able to train at Milanello with Stefano Pioli, after a trip to London to take in some sights.
Calabria now has an extra charge, perhaps to show that Mancini was wrong to not call him up. What is even more bizarre is that Alessandro Florenzi is the back-up to the Primavera product, yet Florenzi was the one who started last night.
With Theo Hernandez on one side and Davide Calabria on the other, Pioli has settled on effective tactical solutions that have a nice equal mix of providing balance in both phases but also threat going forward. There is no Qatar to strive for, but the No.2 wants a Scudetto to show for this season.