Sunday February 27 2011
Montella: 'Pizarro exit was decisive'

Vincenzo Montella believes David Pizarro's injury was behind the sudden change in Roma's fortunes, going from 2-0 up to 2-2.

“The statistics say that Roma have now conceded 24 goals in the last half-hour of their games,” said the new Coach after a draw with Parma.

“Those who work in football understand this is not a psychological problem. Up until Amauri's first goal, Parma hadn't had a shot on target. We need to raise the tempo, though it's difficult when playing every three days.”

Pizarro was stretchered off in evident pain in first half stoppages and from then on it was a different game.

“We'll see what the medical tests say tomorrow and hope it is nothing serious,” continued Montella, who played the Chilean despite his notorious injury problems.

“You could tell how much we missed him in the second half. He is a player who sets the tempo and also brings a great deal of quality to the side.

“Pizarro has characteristics that are essential for my style of football and we do not have a natural replacement. I would make every decision again.”

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