Icardi hoping for dream Milan derby debut

Inter's young Argentine striker has fought his way back from injury and is optimistic about his chances of putting in a memorable performance against the Rossoneri
Inter striker Mauro Icardi hopes to have a dream Milan derby debut on Sunday.

It is the first Derby della Madonnina of the season, with the Nerazzurri nine points ahead of rivals AC Milan heading into the game, and the youngster is keen to make it a match to remember.

"I dream about the derby night being like the derby I played with Sampdoria last year, when I scored on my Serie A debut," he told Sky Sport Italia.

The 20-year-old has struggled with injury this season but believes that he is starting to rediscover his form.

"We have to knuckle down taking things one day at a time and we'll see where we end up come the end of the year," Icardi remarked. "We worked really well in pre-season. To be perfectly honest, when I was at Samp I never worked as hard as I have here.

"Then I had this groin problem, which may have been carried over from last season, and I had to sit out for a while but I've always been totally dedicated.

"How hard was it sitting on the sidelines? Very hard. No footballer likes being sidelined but I've had the operation done now and, bit by bit, I'm finding my rhythm again.

"In my mind I'm set on giving 150 per cent when I come off the bench because I'm coming on to help my team-mates and I have to get straight up to their level."

Icardi's technique and finishing ability has seen him likened to Argentine greats such as Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo but the youngster distanced himself from this hype and says that he has a lot to learn before he can be compared to his current team-mate, Diego Milito.

"Batistuta was always my idol but Crespo had a fantastic career too," he continued. "Milito is Milito. Everyone knows what he's done in his career up till now and I still have a long way to go to achieve what he has."