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The Brazilian defender is eagerly anticipating this weekend's clash against the Rossoneri, and has hailed head coach Andrea Stramaccioni's influence

Juan Jesus has insisted that Inter cannot afford to drop points in Sunday's Derby della Madonnina against AC Milan in order to remain in the race for the Scudetto.

The defender added that neither team starts the match as favourites, while highlighting the importance of this weekend's Serie A encounter.

"The derby is one of the world's biggest club games, a dream fixture between two terrific sides. We must win the derby," the defender was quoted as saying on the Inter website.

"Neither team will start as favourites, you never know what can happen in football.

"Robinho? I hope to keep him quiet."

The defender then discussed his relationship with head coach Andrea Stramaccioni, and had nothing but positive words for the Inter boss.

He added: "He's a young coach but he knows what he's doing, he's well prepared and he knows how to make you feel important and give you confidence."

Sunday's Derby della Madonnina kicks off at 20:45CET.

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