What value do you attribute to this game? It arrives at the start of a very important cycle…

“We look to do well in all the games we play, in every game there are three points up for grabs. Of course, the Derby brings bigger challenges. We’re facing a strong team that’s performing well, their performances are following on from an excellent end to last season and are continuing in the same manner. We want to do well and continue how we’ve started and we’re aware that there will be challenges.”

So many Nerazzurri players performed well with their respective national teams

“The last to come back were Alexis and Vidal. If you do well on international duty, you come back with high morale. We want to prepare well for the match and we’ll make the most of the morale that these players are bringing back with them after excelling for their national teams.

How difficult is it to prepare for a Derby in these conditions, with only one training session available before the game?

“An extra day would have made things more comfortable, but there are calendars to respect and we’ll adhere to them. We’re preparing for it today since we haven’t got any other choice. Between video analysis and things written on the whiteboard, training will not need to be too intense or long: the players came back yesterday having played two or three games consecutively”

Can one already talk about this as a crucial fixture and a test of maturity?

“It’s Matchday four, and important games will be coming thick and fast from now until the end of the season. It’s obvious that, when it comes to taking responsibility, I expect the lads to grow. It’s important to keep moving forward.”