Delneri hoping for Cassano quiet day
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Juventus coach Luigi Delneri admits he is worried about the influence his former charge Antonio Cassano may have when his side plays Sampdoria tomorrow.

Delneri has coached Cassano twice before, briefly at Roma in 2004-05 before also working with the talented forward last season in Genoa, and he made no mystery of his concerns about the 28-year-old ahead of the game in Turin.

"I hope Cassano will be a little worse than normal tomorrow," he said. "In Genoa I did my job as a coach and he did his as a player. Every so often he got cross and there were misunderstandings but we developed a great relationship.

I hope Cassano will be a little worse than normal tomorrow.
Luigi Delneri, Juventus coach

"I think I was a positive influence on him. And I was right because after an excellent last season he's earnt a place in the national team. Italian football has rediscovered a top player and a great person."

Delneri also refused to rule out the possibility of coaching Cassano again some time in the future. "After Roma I didn't think I'd coach him again but never say never in life, maybe I'll find him again here at Juve.

"Cassano is the player that every team would like to have. (But) here (at Juve) I have four strikers that have all played for their country, they (Sampdoria) have only (Giampaolo) Pazzini and Cassano, so I'll keep mine."

Delneri will be without Amauri for tomorrow's game while Vincenzo Iaquinta is only just returning from injury. His other concern is who to play at right back to keep Cassano quiet.

"Iaquinta is fit but he doesn't have 90 minutes in his legs so I'll start with (Alessnadro) Del Piero and (Fabio) Quagliarella," said Delneri.

"On the right I haven't yet decided between (Zdenek) Grygera or (Marco) Motta who will have to limit the technical quality and invention of Cassano. You can never relax with Antonio, he can do nothing for 70 minutes and then change a game in one second."

Juventus lost their opening match of the season 1-0 away to Bari while Sampdoria were comfortable 2-0 home winners against Lazio.