Cassano: I can still make a difference

Veteran Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano is confident he is still good enough to make an impact at the Serie A club after a good performance against Genoa on Tuesday.

Genoa and Sampdoria opened the second half of the season after a two-week winter break with the rest of the division playing on Wednesday.

The Blucerchiati beat their rivals 3-2, with Cassano providing assists for two of the goals, and he has hit back at critics that have called him unfit or too old to be effective at Samp.

"I am happy to be in good form again," Cassano told the press after the derby. "During the break I started to run and I lost some weight. If you want to achieve goals you have to make some sacrifices.

"Maybe it would have been better if I figured that out when I was 20, rather than 33, but that's okay.

"I am living a new life. Those who said I was finished know nothing about football. I am 33 years old but I can still make a difference."

The match mark the first time in the season that Cassano had started in two consecutive league games and his performance will have pleased head coach Vincenzo Montella.

Next up for Sampdoria is a tough home fixture against the defending Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday.