Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi is reportedly pushing for a starting berth at the expense of Stefan de Vrij in the Derby della Madonnina.
The Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri will clash heads on Saturday in a battle between the two Serie A leaders. Both clubs have thus far enjoyed a perfect start to the season.
Moreover, Inter are yet to concede a goal in their first three matches of the campaign. Yet, Simone Inzaghi could still end up making a change at the back.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews, de Vrij remains the favorite to start at the heart of the backline. However, Acerbi is now gaining ground.
The 35-year-old Italian is yet to make an appearance this season due to an injury. Nevertheless, he has now recovered and is ready to offer his contribution at the back.
The former Lazio man was an automatic starter last season. However, de Vrij took advantage of his teammate’s absence at the start of the season to reclaim the starting berth he lost last campaign.
Inter Milan Defender Francesco Acerbi Is Pushing For A Starting Spot But Stefan De Vrij Remains The Favorite
The Dutchman is coming off a disappointing season. Yet, he displayed some encouraging signs in the first three rounds of the new campaign.
This appears to be the main dilemma for Inzaghi ahead of the big weekend showdown. While de Vrij and Acerbi are contending for a spot, Matteo Darmian and Alessandro Bastoni should lock their places in the three-man defense.
Elsewhere, Inter captain Lautaro Martinez will lead the line alongside his striking partner Marcus Thuram.