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Saturday, October 6, 2012
Cassano's agent expects feisty derby

ESPN staff

Antonio Cassano's agent is in no doubt that Sunday's Milan derby will have more of an edge to it than usual, following his client's switch across the city.

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Cassano, 30, swapped AC Milan for rivals Inter Milan over the summer, in a deal that saw his Italy team-mate Giampaolo Pazzini move the other way.

And the former Milan striker's agent, Beppe Bozzo, believes the swap will only add more fuel to the fire in an already passionate fixture.

"There's no point saying the derby will be a game like any other," he told TMW. "This year it will be a game within a game, as all eyes will be on Antonio and Pazzini, who are also two friends off the field. This time it'll be even more of a derby than usual."

Cassano has been highly critical of the Rossoneri since his departure and Bozzo is sure the player will receive a frosty reception from the Nerazzurri half of the San Siro when he takes to the field on Sunday.

"Yes, he probably will be jeered, but the fans should also remember that Antonio contributed to Milan's most recent Scudetto," he said. "There will be talk of who got the better deal in this exchange, but the truth is at the end of the day it was a good move for all concerned.

"Will Cassano celebrate if he scores? It's a personal matter and I really don't know."

Both sides have had a stuttering start to the season but got back on track midweek with European victories.

Milan saw off Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 in the Champions League and Inter claimed a 3-1 Europa League win against Neftci, while resting most of their star players - something Bozzo believes could count in their favour.

"Milan have an excellent squad, but the journey and the efforts in Russia to beat Zenit will be felt," he added. "Having said that, it's a derby with both sides pretty much on a par this season. In fact, Inter could be slight favourites, as they've got more petrol in the tank."




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