Inter Milan defender Matteo Darmian feels that he’ll always try to give his best regardless of his position on the pitch.
The 33-year-old Italian international spoke to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, before this afternoon’s Serie A clash away to Empoli.
Darmian starts for the fifth time in as many matches in Serie A this afternoon.
The veteran former Manchester United and Torino defender continues to show what a stalwart he is for this Nerazzurri team.
But there is a bit of a change. This evening, Darmian will start at wingback rather than in the back three.
Since last season, the 33-year-old has been transitioning to the position on the right side of defense as his main one.
Darmian filled in there for Milan Skriniar last campaign whilst the Slovakian was out with an injury. And he proved to be more than an emergency solution, thriving in a more defensive role.
But Darmian is still more than capable of playing in a more attack-minded role down the flank.
Darmian: Position Doesn’t Matter, Always Available
Against Empoli, Benjamin Pavard will make his first ever start in Serie A.
The Frenchman arrived from Bayern Munich to replace Skriniar during the summer. Therefore, it is likely that Darmian will not be first-choice on the right of the back three as he had been down the stretch last season and for the first few matches this campaign.
But Inter coach Simone Inzaghi still has a use for the Italian international.
The coach has opted to rest Denzel Dumfries. And Juan Cuadrado is currently out with a muscle injury.
Therefore, the ever-reliable and versatile Darmian is available to start this evening’s match at right-wingback.
“Not a lot changes whatever position I play,” the 33-year-old observed. “Because I’m used to playing both.”
“What changes is what the coach asks of me.”
“But I always try to make myself available to the group,” he made clear.
“It’s up to us to show what we can do on the pitch, and then lets see what happens with the results.”