Luciano Spalletti calls for calm ahead of Milan derby


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Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti knows his side will have to remain calm if they are to gain a positive result against city rivals AC Milan next weekend.

The two giants of the Italian game are set to clash in Serie A on October 15 and they will head into the contest in contrasting form, with Inter having won six of their opening seven league games while Milan have lost their last two without scoring.

Next weekend’s match will be Spalletti’s first Derby di Milano since taking over the reins at Inter during the summer and he understands what the fixture means to the people of Milan.

“It’s an insane match, marvellous,” he said, speaking at an event to announce Inter’s partnership with Volvo.

“You can feel the different atmosphere in the city, we can feel the heartbeat of our fans and we feel the sense of responsibility – but we have to be calm ahead of the game and have a clear idea.”

The Nerazzurri are yet to taste a competitive defeat following Spalletti’s arrival at the club and the 58-year-old coach is hoping they can continue their positive momentum when club football resumes after the international break.

He added: “The absence of international players [in training] complicates things but we’re used to it and we need to be a bit more fortunate with travel time and the energy used.

“We’re looking to be ready for every eventuality but this is football and you don’t get a lot of time, and so you need to try to recover quickly.”

Inter are priced at 2.15 to secure the derby spoils next weekend while a Milan victory and the draw are both available at 3.40.

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