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After a highly positive pre-season, versatile Australian youngster Josh Brillante's Serie A career got off to a rough start when he was replaced just 35 minutes into his debut against Roma.
Like the rest of La Viola midfield, the 21-year-old was hustled and harried by the pumped-up Giallorossi to the extent where he did not look comfortable retaining possession.
And it was Brillante's weak pass that was seized upon by Radja Nainggolan and ended up leading to Roma's opening goal.
The embarrassed Aussie was hauled off a few minutes later by Montella, who was desperate to change the momentum of the game.
The coach justified his decision to start Brillante to Sky Sport Italia, as reported by The World Game:
I chose him because he's done a great deal, while [Alberto] Aquilani really struggled in training this week, which was unusual.
It was a tough decision, I never expected him to play 90 minutes, but he was an extra weapon in the armoury.
The defensive midfielder/right-back will surely get another chance to impress, but he will never forget his introduction to the unforgiving world of Italian football.