Antonio Cassano has let loose with his caustic opinions on Juventus, Maurizio Sarri, Romelu Lukaku, the Champions League and why “Inter will win the Scudetto.”
FantAntonio has never been one to hold back and following his retirement is becoming a sought-after pundit on Italian television, although he did recently get his certificate to qualify as a director of sport.
“I’ve been saying since the end of August that Inter will win the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“Antonio Conte is a coach who by himself brings you an extra 15-20 points, he’s world class and lights the fire within his players.
“I’ll admit, though, I didn’t think Lukaku would do so well in Serie A straight away. He works for the team and already speaks Italian after two months.
“Lautaro Martinez is a great striker and we’ll be talking about him for at least the next 10 years. As for Sebastiano Esposito, you can see he has that fire inside him and determination to do well. Not everyone can play with such confidence at San Siro aged 17. He’s fortunate to have Conte as a coach, because it’s the best environment to mature.
“I give credit to (Inter director Piero) Ausilio for signing the players who were suited to Conte’s football.”
Another reason why Cassano tips Inter for the Serie A title is his irritation with Sarri and Juventus director of sport Fabio Paratici.
“Sarri did some good things in recent years, but before that he was always in Serie B or C. I consider him nothing more than a normal coach.
“Juve today have an extra 10 points thanks to Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, both players who they tried desperately to sell over the summer. If the sales had gone through, the Bianconeri wouldn’t be up there with Inter today.
“The trouble with Juve is that they don’t really want to play good football, they just want to win, and I don’t know if Sarri is capable of that.”
After eight consecutive Serie A titles, Juventus are turning their focus back on to the Champions League.
“There are five or six sides in the Champions League who are stronger than Juventus this season, for example Real Madrid and Manchester City,” added Cassano.
“I have major doubts they’re going to be able to do that.”
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