Veteran defender Francesco Acerbi will get a rest in this evening’s Serie A match between Inter Milan and Fiorentina.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The Corriere anticipate that Alessandro Bastoni and Stefan de Vrij will start in defense.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will not only be thinking about this evening’s match when he makes his selection decisions for the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The Nerazzurri boss will also undeniably have one eye on next weekend’s match.
Next Sunday, Inter host Juventus at the San Siro in a match that could have major title implications.
One way or the other, no more than a point or two will separate the Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri at the start of that match.
So it could be a showdown to set the tone for the rest of the title race this season.
Francesco Acerbi To Get A Rest In Fiorentina Vs Inter Serie A Clash
In the last few days, it has seemed as though Inzaghi would be resting defender Bastoni in the starting eleven of this evening’s match.
The 24-year-old had not played in the Supercoppa Italiana final against Napoli on Monday.
The reason for this was some muscular fatigue. And that had continued to be a factor in training this week in preparing to face Fiorentina.
Therefore, Inzaghi has been thinking about leaving Bastoni out of the lineup, in order to preserve his fitness for next Sunday’s match against the Bianconeri.
Bastoni had missed the previous meeting with Juventus this season through injury.
However, the Corriere reports, Bastoni has recovered from the muscle problem that kept him out of the Supercoppa final.
Therefore, the Corriere anticipate, Inzaghi will hand the former Parma and Atalanta defender a start.
On the other hand, the newspaper report, the Inter coach has decided that Acerbi could use a rest.
The veteran former Lazio and Sassuolo defender has been a key player at the back for Inter.
And there would be very little doubt that Inzaghi wants Acerbi at his best against Juventus.
Therefore, the Corriere anticipate, the Inter coach will leave the 35-year-old on the bench to catch his breath this evening.