Roma boss Montella: Borriello was never designated penalty taker

AS Roma boss Vincenzo Montella says Marco Borriello ignored team instructions when his spotkick was saved in defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

AS Roma boss Vincenzo Montella says Marco Borriello ignored team instructions when his spotkick was saved in defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Borriello’s effort was parried during the 3-0 defeat to Shakhtar.

“I always designate the penalty taker before a game. Both at Lecce and tonight it was Pizarro, but anyone who plays football knows that at times a player really feels it,” explained Montella.

“Pizarro allowed him to step up without a problem. I feel bad for Marco, so next time I’ll just take the penalty!”

Qualification was already difficult after Claudio Ranieri’s side lost 3-2 on home turf, but after Borriello’s penalty was saved, Philippe Mexes saw red.

“Before the game I asked the lads to be consistent and improve aside from the result. In that respect I’m happy, as until we went a man down, we created a great deal and had a good approach towards a fine squad.

“We had five or six shots on goal in the first half, then the red card changed everything. In any case, I have promised not to talk about referees.”

 
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