Defender Francesco Acerbi will have the job of man-marking Romelu Lukaku in this evening’s Serie A match between Inter Milan and Roma.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Stopping Lukaku will certainly be one of the fundamental tasks for Inter in this evening’s Serie A match.
The Belgian is Roma’s top scorer so far this season.
The Nerazzurri will know full well how devastating Lukaku can be when he finds his rhythm. After all, the 30-year-old wore the Nerazzurri shirt for three seasons.
And Roma are without the likes of Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini due to injury.
Therefore, it seems as though Lukaku will be all the more important to making Roma’s attack tick.
Francesco Acerbi To Man-Mark Romelu Lukaku In Inter Vs Roma Serie A Clash
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi has a decision to make as far as which player he chooses to man-mark Lukaku.
Obviously the Nerazzurri coach isn’t going to simply leave one defender one-on-one with the Belgian. There will be support from the rest of the defensive line and the midfield.
But at the same time, there is no doubt that the individual player in the centre of Inter’s back three will play a key role.
And according to the Corriere, that player will be Acerbi.
The former Lazio player did not play, either from the start or from the bench, in Tuesday evening’s Champions League win over Red Bull Salzburg.
Stefan de Vrij started that match in the centre of the defense.
But according to the Corriere, de Vrij will drop out of the starting lineup this evening.
Acerbi is fully-rested and ready to take on Lukaku.
The Corriere’s complete predicted starting eleven for the match is as follows:
Inter (3-5-2): Sommer; Pavard, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Thuram, Lautaro