There are reports that Ignazio Abate could be benched after his latest performance with Mattia De Sciglio and Davide Calabria playing the fullback roles on Friday.
Abate didn’t start the season well and according to Sky Italia and Tuesday’s il Corriere della Sera, the 19-year-old Calabria is favourite over him to play against Sampdoria on Friday night.
Sky reported yesterday that Montella ‘likes’ the young fullback and it’s possible to see him get his first start of the season in a few days. Gazzetta meanwhile reports that Luca Antonelli will most likely not be ready to face the former side of Vincenzo Montella and he will be replaced by Mattia De Sciglio on the left side of the defense.
CorSer also suggests that Jose Sosa is battling Riccardo Montolivo for the regista role although at this point other media sources expect the two to play together with Bonaventura in midfield.