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Donadoni excited by Parma attack

July 8, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni admits to being excited by the prospect of seeing Antonio Cassano partnering Amauri in the Ducale's attack next season.

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PA PhotosRoberto Donadoni took over at Parma in January 2012

Cassano completed a move from Inter Milan to Parma last week and Donadoni, who worked with the precocious forward when in charge of Italy, believes he and Amauri, whose only cap for the Squadra Azzurra came on Cassano's return to international duty after a two-year absence in 2010, are going to hit it off.

"It intrigues me to see what kind of a partnership he will form with Amauri," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "Cassano will be able to help all of his team-mates improve."

Donadoni talks from experience when he mentions the impact Cassano will have with Parma. "When I was Italy's national team coach, Antonio gave me an instinctively good feeling," he said. "Cassano has now built a family and he feels more sense of responsibility. It all depends on him - he knows all too well how many chances he has wasted."

Falling back out of the Italy reckoning after losing his place at Inter last season is only one of them, but Donadoni believes he will be able to make up for that in 2013-14.

"He's got what it takes to get his Italy shirt back and go to the World Cup," he said. "[Italy coach Cesare] Prandelli has lots of attackers who are worthy of a place, but Cassano is not inferior to any of his rivals."

And Parma should no longer feel inferior to the majority of Serie A either, according to Donadoni, who has set the target of improving on last season's tenth-place finish.

"In the year of the club's centenary, we want to ensure the club's president [Tommaso] Ghirardi doesn't have to suffer," he said, while looking no further than the usual suspects for the Scudetto.

"Juventus have signed two big names, but Napoli, Milan, Inter and maybe even Roma will still bolster their squads in time."