Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij is the favourite to start in defense in this evening’s Supercoppa Italiana final against Napoli.
Today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, report that the Dutchman is ahead of Alessandro Bastoni, whose fitness is a doubt.
Inter are just a few hours away from fighting to win their third consecutive Supercoppa trophy.
Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi has just about made his decisions regarding the starting lineup.
The Corriere anticipate that the coach won’t tinker much with the team that beat Lazio in the semifinal.
Rather, Inzaghi aims to once again play more or less the strongest team available to him.
That means that the midfield and attack will remain unchanged. And on the left flank, Federico Dimarco is set to keep his place.
But there will be one change in defense.
And it will be an enforced one.
Stefan De Vrij To Start For Inter In Supercoppa Italiana Final Vs Napoli
The Corriere confirm that 24-year-old Italian international Bastoni is a major fitness doubt for this evening’s match.
Bastoni had been feeling some thigh pain after Friday’s match against Lazio.
Therefore, there is doubt over whether or not the 24-year-old can even be part of the squad this evening.
And there would be basically no chance of Inzaghi risking Bastoni from the start.
Therefore, the Gazzetta anticipate, Stefan de Vrij will come into the team. The Dutchman will start in the centre of the back three, whilst Francesco Acerbi will shift over to the left.
Meanwhile, the one slight doubt that Inzaghi has concerns the right flank.
Matteo Darmian started at right-wingback against Lazio. However, Denzel Dumfries is also vying for the role.
But according to the Corriere, it is former Manchester United and Torino veteran Darmian who will keep his place.