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Milan's Calabria talked about playing as a defensive half-back

Thu 07 January 2021 | 10:17

AC Milan defender Davide Calabria tells it was a surprising occurrence to see himself playing as a defensive midfielder and describes his part for Milan against Juventus

The 24-year-old right-back was utilized in midfield as a last resort to deal with sidelined players crisis, as

Sandro Tonali

was suspended,

Ismael Bennacer

was harmed, and

Rade Krunic out of action due to COVID-19. 

“I

hadn’t played there for many years, but the coach showed me in training this morning how I should move,” Calabria told after their match against the Old Lady.

“I was told to limit Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo, to remain between the lines, leaving Franck Kessie a little deeper.

“It was tough and I am proud of the team for the way we played. Juve are a very strong team, there’s no getting away from that, and there are many positives we can take from this performance.”

Calabria additionally scored Milan's goal, finishing a smooth give-&-go with Rafael Leao, to affirm his solid performance this

Serie A

season. 

There's a huge difference between now and last year for the right-back, last season he had appeared to be close to the exit doors of Rossoneri and was disagreeable with the fans. 

The young Italy international was inquired as to whether the implications of playing without fans in the seats indeed assisted Milan with beating their initial troubles in 2020?

“It’s not easy when the crowd at San Siro starts to murmur or more, so perhaps it did help at the start, but now we miss our fans and they could’ve given us that extra push tonight to complete the comeback.

“Hopefully with the vaccine rollout beginning, we will soon see some supporters in the stands.”

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