‘Zaniolo & Pellegrini are Roma leaders’

Roma President James Pallotta has hailed Nicolo Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini as ‘future leaders’ for the Giallorossi.

Zaniolo and Pellegrini helped Roma take a 2-1 lead in their Champions League last-16 tie with Porto on Tuesday, and Pallotta sees the pair at the Olimpico for the long haul.

“I thought we played very well as a team and it was unfortunate that Porto got that goal,” he told SiriusXM.

“You have to remember though that before last night, Porto were on a 26-game unbeaten run, they last lost in October.

“Guys like [Nicolo] Zaniolo and [Lorenzo] Pellegrini are intelligent, mature and thoughtful beyond what you would think… you are talking about players who I believe can be future leaders at Roma.”