Sat 20 February 2021 | 12:40

“On the pitch, derby is a bloody battle” - Materazzi

Marco Materazzi has persuaded Inter’s squad to give their best in the derby against Milan on Sunday.


are getting ready to face


tomorrow and are presented with a chance to further their lead on the

Serie A

table by sealing the three points.

According to

Marco Materazzi

, Inter need to have determination and heart in order to seal a victory in the Derby della Madonnina.

The derby is beautiful because there is a very calm atmosphere, but on the pitch it’s a bloody battle,

” he said.

I’ve always been someone who has lived football in a strong and decisive, sanguine way.

“It is no coincidence that everyone remembers maybe some of my misconduct.

“There were some players who had to be stopped and in order to get the three points you must be willing to die on the pitch for your team.

“The important thing for Serie A is that the Milan clubs are back on top.”

The 47-year-old reminisces the memories he had featuring in the derby, recalling the times he fought AC Milan’s talismanic midfielder

Gennaro Gattuso

who currently manages Napoli.

I have good and bad memories and have had victories and defeats,

” Materazzi continued.

I was lucky enough to play and face great champions.

“In those years AC Milan were really strong.

“The most beautiful derby is the one in October 2006 when I scored.

“It ended 4-3, I got the fourth and we won.

“I remember all the games with Gattuso.

“Everyone knew our story, he grew up under my wing and he never hid the fact we were friends.

“On the pitch we weren’t friends and we proved it, but off it we were like brothers.”

Materazzi, who played more than 276 times for Inter in his heyday, commented on the reports which compared Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

They are very different and similar,

” he suggested.

“One became an Interista right to his core while the other I hope will soon become that by winning something.

“Mourinho has entered the history of Milan, the city and the club.

“He had a cold mind as a coach, but had the heart of a fan.

“When you win, it is normal that you enter the hearts of the fans.”

source: SportMob

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