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Friday afternoon question: Which is the best derby?
Families will be divided and bars will be filled with talk of nothing else this weekend when Everton host Liverpool on Saturday and the Milan derby takes place a day later.
Despite the plethora of foreign players on show at Goodison and the San Siro, as well as Spanish, Scottish and Portuguese managers, the two derbies will still sum up what is great about being a football fan.
Two packed stadiums will have fans singing their hearts out and every tackle will mean so much more.
Inter boss Jose Mourinho may have experienced Chelsea against Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham, but nothing will have prepared him for 80,000 fans inside the San Siro. There really is something special about the flares, giant flags and the sometimes worrying shake of the stadium as the fans bounce up and down.
Of course the Special One was once an assistant at Barcelona and lived through El Derby against Real Madrid. But can this really count as a derby with the cities so far apart?
The fact Milan and Inter share the same stadium and that Anfield and Goodison are so close together creates a special atmosphere.
What’s your favourite derby?
PHOTO: Inter Milan’s Marco Materazzi (L) and AC Milan’s Rui Costa wait as supporters throw flares onto the pitch during their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the San Siro. April 12, 2005. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini