“Better than Verratti and Jorginho” – Antonio Cassano lauds ‘sensational footballer’ who ‘belongs to a club like Barcelona’
Sampdoria legend Antonio Cassano has termed Stefano Sensi better than Chelsea’s Jorginho and PSG’s Marco Verratti. He added that the midfielder belongs to a club like Barcelona.
Sensi joined Sampdoria on loan from Inter Milan in the January transfer window. The 26-year-old suffered a medial collateral ligament injury at the start of the season, missing a month of Serie A action. The reigning Italian champions could not make room for him on his return, which compelled him to look for a transfer.
He scored on his Serie A debut for Sampdoria, impressing Cassano. The former Italy international believes Sensi is the best midfielder in the country right now, even better than the Euro-winning duo of Verratti and Jorginho.
In an interview with Il Secolo XIX (via Football-Italia), the 39-year-old said:
“To me, Sensi is the best midfielder in Italy right now. He is a sensational footballer, and he deserves a top club. I think he is even better than (Manuel) Locatelli, Verratti or Jorginho. If I were Mancini, I wouldn’t think twice, and I’d gamble on him. Sensi’s only weak point was his fitness.”
The former striker drew parallels between ex-Barcelona midfielder Arthur and Sampdoria’s Sensi, adding:
“Sensi reminds me of Arthur. He (Arthur) is one of the best in the world right now, but maybe Juventus don’t know how to get the best out of him.”
“If we want to exaggerate, we can say that he (Arthur) has something similar to Xavi and Iniesta. Philosophically, Sensi belongs to a club like Barcelona.”
Sensi was included in Italy’s preliminary squad for the Euros, but failed to make the cut after picking up a muscle injury. Following his strong start at Sampdoria, it’ll be interesting to see if Roberto Mancini calls him up for Italy’s World Cup playoffs in March.
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