AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli made a bold call in deciding to drop captain Alessio Romagnoli in favour of Fikayo Tomori, but it paid off against Roma.
As Tuttosport reports (via MilanNews), Pioli chose to give Romagnoli a break and to put Tomori in, a defender who arrived in January on loan with option to buy from Chelsea. The Englishman repaid the trust of his coach with a a very solid performance, and that now prompts a new dilemma.
The paper claims that keeping Romagnoli out of the starting XI was not at all easy because of the strong message it sends, but now it will be even more complicated to give him a permanent position given Tomori’s performance. In the coming weeks Milan will play every three days and therefore Pioli will have to be good at rotating his players so as to always have fresh legs on the pitch.
Romagnoli’s difficulties have been evident recently, probably due to fatigue, but as Paolo Maldini also said before the game, the Milan captain cannot be happy with his exclusion. Rest – and the motivation to get his spot back – can be powerful tools for a resurgence though.