Former Roma and current Inter striker Edin Dzeko recounted the atmosphere of the Derby della Capitale when describing the environment before facing Milan in the Champions League semi-final.
The Nerazzurri meet their in-city rivals for the third time in the competition, kicking-off the first of two legs on Wednesday evening.
“I feel calm, there’s a lot at stake,” the Bosnian told UEFA.com.
“Derbies have things in common. Maybe in Manchester I didn’t feel it as much as I feel it here in Italy. Roma against Lazio, plus Milan against Inter are important matches.”
He continued, “People talk about them before and after the actual matches. Italian fans consider it more important to win a Derby than any other league match, especially in Rome, but also here in Milan.”
“These matches are very different, as there is no real favourite. It doesn’t matter if one club is stronger or weaker. Derbies are one-off games; both teams give everything they have. This is what we will see in these two matches.”