Sunday December 16 2012
Montella: 'Pizarro is extraordinary'

Vincenzo Montella hailed “extraordinary” David Pizarro as Fiorentina dominated the Tuscan Derby against Siena.

The Viola won 4-1 against their local rivals and Pizarro, returning from compassionate leave after his sister’s funeral, converted a penalty for an emotional celebration.

“Pizarro is an extraordinary player and a sensitive man who needed the affection of his teammates and fans,” said the Coach.

“Today the side showed it was consistent and we put in a great performance.”

Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has been under fire recently and was dropped in favour of Neto.

“The decision was dictated by his fitness levels, as Viviano had a hip problem. Neto proved he can be a first choice goalkeeper and has very quick reactions.”

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