The Alexis Saelemaekers position change was a one-game experiment from head coach Stefano Pioli, according to a report.
With Calabria injured for Saturday’s game against Sampdoria and Diogo Dalot having played three lots of 90 minutes over the international break, Pioli’s response was to field the Belgian at the right-back position – his first start in that role for Milan – with Castillejo further ahead. It did not work out as planned and at half-time the former Anderlecht man was removed for Pierre Kalulu.
According to the latest from il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), the back four will be composed of Theo Hernandez at left-back – hoping for a rebound performance – plus the centre-back pairing of Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori.
However, this time Saelemaekers will not be the right-back, because after the setback suffered against Sampdoria – which did not give the hoped-for results – he will instead be deployed on the right wing instead of Samu Castillejo.