Vincenzo Montella is looking forward to "a tough and fascinating game" against Lazio on Sunday evening.
Speaking at a press conference at Milanello, the AC Milan coach told the press his team is expecting a physical game against a team dominant from set-pieces.
The last time these two sides met, Milan edged I Biancocelesti 2-0 with goals from Carlos Bacca and Mbaye Niang – who is currently on loan at Watford.
After reminiscing about derbies he has previously been involved in, Montella talked up the current Lazio team
He said: "I still remember the first derby I won, against Lazio who were almost invincible and who then won the title. We won 4-1 and after 25 minutes we were already leading 4-0. It was a memorable day.
"I can never forget the Derby in which I scored 4 goals, although I did not experience it with great enthusiasm but with great calm. I wish it was more intense.
"Despite having been an opponent for many years, I know Lazio fans hold me in great esteem, also because I think I have always shown great respect for them. It's a mutual esteem”.
He added: "Lazio are a very physical team. They have scored the highest number of goals from set pieces (12, ed.). We knew about this also when we played them back in September and we did well to stop them.
"They have a fine mix of youth and experience. They have been up there in the league for a few years now, showing great consistency.
"It's going to be a tough and fascinating game, we have to show all our qualities to win."