Exclusive: Juventus - Inter Derby D'Italia Is Always A Great Fixture - Former Striker Massimo Mauro

Goal.com sat down with former Juventus striker Massimo Mauro, who hopes Sunday's Derby d'Italia against Inter lives up to expectation...
Sunday's Derby d'Italia battle between Juventus and Inter will bring out an explosion of great football, claims former Bianconeri striker Massimo Mauro.

He played a number of Juve-Inter clashes between 1985 and 1989 and he shared his pre-match thoughts with Goal.com Italia.

There is no escape from Calciopoli, the 2006 scandal has heightened the rivalry in recent years, but Mauro claims that all goes out of the window on the field.

"Calciopoli? The past is the past and it should be left behind," he told Goal.com Italia.

"Juventus - Inter has always been a great match, but this particular game is one that counts plenty.

"Juventus are fighting for a top four finish, whereas Inter have Scudetto ambitions. Regardless of the result though, I think both teams will reach their objectives.

"It has been a balanced league so far, so both teams still have hopes of reaching their targets.

"As for Calciopoli, this again is the past. Both teams should focus on the game and the future, nothing more.

"I think the fans also want this. They just want to speak about football, nothing more. It's time to close with the past."

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