Antonio Cassano defends Luciano Spalletti and says that Francesco Totti will be forgotten in 20 years as only Leo Messi, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff are eternal.
Roma fans chanted Totti’s name and continued to blame Luciano Spalletti when the Tuscan coach returned to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday to face Roma.
Cassano, a former Roma striker, defended the Napoli coach and surprisingly attacked his former team-mate.
“Those blows against Spalletti are a disgrace. “He did amazing things in Rome and he loved the club.”
“For what? Because it made Totti retire? I go crazy when I hear these things. Are you telling me that Totti retired because he did not play under Spalletti? I played in Rome, so I know what I’m talking about. It’s a scandal for me and I’m sorry to say that because I had a great time in Rome.”
“Spalletti had to make his choices and when he returned, he qualified for the Champions League. Fans should think for the good of Rome, Spalletti did not deserve criticism, but only praise. He did not deserve it.”
“Totti will be forgotten after 20 years, only Messi, Maradona and Cruyff are eternal. De Rossi was ‘Capitan Futuro’, but he has been forgotten, I have never seen anyone who loves Rome as much as he does. Totti loves Rome, De Rossi 100 times more.”
Cassano spent four and a half years in the capital, scoring 52 goals in 161 appearances.
He then transferred to Real Madrid, where he stayed for only a year and a half before returning to Serie A, joining Sampdoria.
He also played with Inter, Milan and Parma during his career as a player before retiring in 2017.