Sampdoria coach Mazzarri urges Cassano to be patient over Italy

Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri insists striker Antonio Cassano will get his Italy chance.

Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri insists striker Antonio Cassano will get his Italy chance.

“I think Antonio is experiencing this situation in the right way,” insisted Mazzarri, who has seen the player calm down considerably.

“He needs to remember that he had not played for a few years and was on the sidelines because he helped put himself there.

“Instead, here my colleagues and I have tried to make him realise he needs to stay within a squad and train hard.

“We all put in some of the effort, but he put in more than anyone else. He really does seem to have matured now and his behaviour with us is perfect.

“He has integrated into the side with his teammates and that’s very good to see. As for the rest, all he can do is keep doing well and then hope Lippi notices.”

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