Borriello explains Pizarro penalty row

Roma’s Marco Borriello has played down his argument with team-mate David Pizarro over who should have taken the 90th minute penalty against Lecce on Friday night.
Borriello initially picked up the ball to take the spot-kick but Pizarro wrestled it from him before scoring himself. Despite the goal leading to a much-needed win, the three points have been overshadowed by Borriello and Pizarro’s apparent lack of teamwork.
However, the Italy striker claimed to Sky Italia after the match that there is no feud within the Roma camp : “Pizarro is the designated penalty taker, chosen by the coach. He gave me the ball and asked if I wanted to take it instead.
“I was happy to do it, as a forward always wants the opportunity to score more goals. So I was getting ready, but then he suddenly changed his mind and felt ready to take it again. Anyway, the important thing is that we won.”

Borriello concluded: “This victory means a lot, as in other games we tended to lose in the final 20 minutes, whereas this time round we fought back to get all three points. It signifies our growth.”

This is the second time in a week that Borriello’s relationship with those around him at Roma has been called into question. Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as Giallorossi Coach last week, recently claimed that throughout his tenure in charge he never had a positive relationship with Borriello.

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