MN: The good start isn’t enough to convince – Calabria faces first real test vs. Inter

By Isak Möller -

After a 2019/20 season far below the expectations, Davide Calabria seemed destined to leave the club in the summer. However, with the trust of Stefano Pioli, the right-back responded in the best possible way: on the pitch. 

As highlighted by, due to Andrea Conti’s injury, the Rossoneri No.2 got the opportunity to play all six games at the start of the season. Already in pre-season, he showed good physical shape and a great desire to do his best.

It’s certainly true that the opponents were modest: Bologna, Crotone and Spezia in the league, Shamrock Rovers, Bodo/Glimt and Rio Ave in the Europa League qualifiers. However, Calabria managed to offer consistent and satisfying performances.

And now on Saturday comes the first, very important, test of the season. It is useless to say or explain how important it can be to win the derby for a young group like the Rossoneri, as well as for the Milan environment in general.

It’s a game that will verify how much the different players have grown, who over the last few seasons have proven to suffer too much from the pressure of these important games. But this Milan is different: they haven’t lost since March 2020 and are extremely confident.

All those called up are able to express themselves, more or less continuously, at important and satisfying levels, even in moments of difficulty or emergency such as the one that hit the Rossoneri team before the game against Rio Ave.

A negative and disappointing result won’t cancel the good things done so far, but it’s undeniable that the work of the last few months must be diverted into an important and result, such as a victory in the derby.

Everything is also linked to the performance of players like Calabria: growth is continuous and must pass through important tests like the one on Saturday.

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Tags AC Milan Davide Calabria Inter


  1. But Calabria has had a consistent run of top notch performances this whole calendar year. It’s unfair to pick him up and write a whole article about him to create an aura of negativity.

  2. It’s a joke Mancini called up Emerson who sits on the bench at Chelsea over Calabria who has been performing and playing well

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