Luca Pellegrini ready to challenge Emerson Palmieri for Roma’s left back spot

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese) One seems predestined, having already won 3 scudetti at youth level (Giovanissimi, Allievi and Primavera). The other, meanwhile, has shaped his own destiny, fighting his critics and only being stopped on his upward trajectory by a horrible injury. They both play in the same position – left back – and both have great stamina. But while Luca Pellegrini, born in 1999, has been one of the surprises of the pre-season training camp at Pinzolo, Emerson is still anxiously waiting to return to full fitness. In the meantime, Di Francesco has been relying on the young Pellegrini (no relation to Lorenzo, the midfielder who has just been brought back home from Sassuolo). And he will do again later today in the second pre-season friendly, which sees Roma face FC Slovacko, who finished 11th in the Czech league last season, at Pinzolo (16.00 local time, live on Roma TV and the club’s Facebook page).

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