Tuttosport: Pioli to deploy Calabria on opposite side to normal vs. Porto – the reasons

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli will field Davide Calabria on a different side to the who he is used to tonight when the Rossoneri take on Porto in the Champions League.

Theo Hernandez is out for the game due to testing positive for Covid-19, and Tuttosport (via MilanNews) reports that Pioli has identified Calabria as the ideal player to replace the Frenchman because Fode Ballo-Touré did not fully convince against Verona during Saturday’s win.

Tonight Milan need the three points against Porto which is why Pioli will rely on the players who have offered certainties since his arrival, and it does not need explaining that Calabria is a pivot of the team.

The first signs of such a move came during the game against Verona during which Calabria did not take up a typical right-back position but instead gradually faded towards the centre, the paper writes, going to occupy that intermediate corridor that is usually the one attacked by Theo.

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    1. Balo was so terrible against Verona.

      He should start from the bench, and should only be introduced in a match when we are two goals up.

      Both offensive and defensively, he is terrible

    2. Wow, “Ballo-Toure sucks” after one game? Some players take a while to adjust to Serie A. It’s always best to start players in their natural positions. That being said, he was below par against Verona and I think that in this “must win” situation that it’s safer to play Calabria out of position at LB. But Ballo-Toure should not be written off, and should get playing time against Bologna. Otherwise, what would have been the point in signing him?

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