Fikayo Tomori’s red card during the win over Roma means that Stefano Pioli will make a change to the centre-back department for the derby against Inter, a report claims.
Today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) takes a look at the game that comes after the international break against Inter, remarking that Pioli must make an alteration in defence after Tomori was sent off on Friday night.
The derby is on the horizon and the Rossoneri will go into it with three consecutive wins to begin the season, but Pioli will be without a key player and thus must adapt his plans accordingly.
For the first three games it was Tomori who partnered Malick Thiaw, but now Pierre Kalulu will return. The centre-back pairing will be one that hasn’t been seen so far and it is also a young one, with the German being 22 and the Frenchman 23.
Simon Kjaer is the most experienced of the central defenders, but he is currently behind in the hierarchies. It will be a difficult test for Thiaw-Kalulu as they will have to stop a Lautaro Martinez who is in very good form.
In the Scudetto season Kalulu was one of the undroppable players, while last season he was up and down. The last few months have instead seen the rise of Thiaw, now promoted to starter. In the derby they will be alongside each other.