Friday September 20 2019
Cassano backs Inter & Balotelli

Serie A favourite Antonio Cassano says he is backing Inter for the Scudetto and Mario Balotelli to work his way back into the Italy squad.

Inter appointed ex-Juventus and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over the summer and broke their transfer record to sign Romelu Lukaku, while Balotelli is looking to re-announce himself for club and country with newly-promoted Brescia.

“Inter will win the Scudetto,” Cassano told Corriere della Sera.

“My friend Montella’s Fiorentina will be the surprise packages: they’re one of the few teams who know how to play and have fun.

“It’ll be enough for Balotelli to have a good season and score a few goals. He’s a good player like the others in the Italy squad. The truth is that from the midfield up, there’s only Chiesa and Insigne.

“Inter will go through in the Champions League because they’re stronger than Borussia Dortmund; Napoli and Juve will have no problems. Atalanta also have a good chance, City aside.”

So is Cassano going for an Italian side to win the Champions League?

“I really hope it’s Barcelona. I have a passion for Messi, my second son is named Lionel for a reason.

“He’s the best player in history. He’s like Federer in tennis: there’s Roger and then all the others.”

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