Roma legend Francesco Totti underlined the intense pressure of the Derby della Capitale against Lazio.
Speaking in an interview with Lega Serie A (via LazioNews24) yesterday, the 44-year-old Italian commented on Giallorossi coach Jose Mourinho.
Having someone like Mourinho on the bench means extra stimulus and motivation, and this is important in a city like Rome.
He discussed the mindset heading into the Derby della Capitale and his experience of it as a fan.
What counts is the desire to win. When you have two coaches of this caliber you already know it’s going to be a great game.
Before I became a player I was a season ticket holder in the Curva Sud, I was sick for Roma.
During the derby I suffered a lot, it was a different experience from any other city.
When I became a player, I created this relationship with the fans, there was mutual love and I experienced it differently than other players.
In comparison, Lazio have had a more inconsistent start to the campaign, winning twice, drawing twice, and losing once to AC Milan 2-0.
The derby is an incredibly important game for both Roman teams and a victory today could be a key moment of the season for either side.