Pelizzoli happy to wait for chance
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pelizzoli's rise to prominence last season was astronomic, going from being third choice at Atalanta to one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in Serie A.
The 21-year-old starlet was linked with a move to Premiership giants Manchester United, but could not resist the lure of Scudetto winners Roma, who paid around £4.5 million for his services.
Antonioli was called the weak link of that championship winning side, and Pelizzoli's arrival was said by many to signal the end of his tenure at the club.
However, fine form has kept Antonioli in pole position until a recent suspension handed his young team-mate a rare chance to impress.
Despite performing superbly in his absence, the Italian Under-21 keeper insists that he would not be surprised or angry if the end of Antonioli's suspension heralds a return to the bench.
"I just look to take advantage of the opportunities given to me. If I'm not selected then I won't kick up a fuss," said Pelizzoli.
"There isn't any real rivalry between me and Antonioli. We don't give each other advice. We know it is up to the boss to decide who plays.
"I've read the stories that I could be loaned out but the club haven't told me anything and, therefore, I'm happy to stay here.
"I've not heard anything from Trapattoni," Pelizolli added in response to a question about a World Cup berth.
"Naturally it would be great for me like it would be for everyone else.
"But I must just concentrate to do well for my club and the Under-21 side first."