Lopez: ‘Surprised by Castan’

Diego Lopez was impressed with Leandro Castan after Cagliari beat SPAL 2-0. “I didn’t expect him to be this good after a year out.”

The defender is on loan from Roma, but his career was derailed by an operation on a cavernoma – a cluster of irregular blood vessels in the brain.

“We all know what happened to him in recent years,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Together with the director and the President, we decided to gamble on Castan. I also spoke to Eusebio Di Francesco and Radja Nainggolan.

“Castan talks a lot to his teammates in training, he works really hard and that’s great to see. We knew he’d be a wonderful player, but to be honest I didn’t expect him to be this good after a year out.

“This was a very important game and I am happy the stadium was sold out. We did well to repay that confidence on the field.

“It had been a while since we won at home, but in that period we did face teams like Fiorentina, Milan and Juventus.”

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