Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Roberto Gotta in Italy

As a Roma supporter who used to trek every day from his home in the hills south of the capital to the Trigoria training centre and was once dubbed Tottino (Little Totti) while playing for the youth team alongside his friend Daniele De Rossi, Simone Pepe will have found scoring Juventus' late winning goal at Lazio on Monday evening particularly satisfying. It may have been only after celebrating wildly in front of the travelling fans that Pepe (a surname which translates into English as pepper, adding a spicy component to the evening) realised his goal threw the race for the fourth Champions League place open again. With Milan (77 points), Inter (69) and Napoli (68) having already secured participation in next year's top European competition, Lazio now stand in fourth place with 60 points, one ahead of Udinese and Roma and four in front of Juventus.

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