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Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Halllooks at the Derby Della Madonnina and assesses why this time it’s much bigger than just an intercity rivalry.

When the smoke settles in San Siro on Saturday night, there will be many answered questions. Both Milan sides have new Coaches, they are involved in projects that are at very different stages, but both need this Derby Della Madonnina victory. There has been criticism thrown at both teams and deservedly so, but this game of games will offer up a chance for one of the ‘misters’ to gain first blood and give their team a well needed boost.

Antonio Conte isn’t always the easiest person to deal with critics, especially when they mention Europe. Desperate to shrug off the label that sticks to him, he wants to prove he cannot ‘only do it in domestic competition’. The draw against Slavia Prague this week did not help matters as, whilst his team selection was questionable, one wouldn’t have imagined seeing, a ‘Conte side’ show so little intensity and fight.

The dressing room tension that followed between Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic was perhaps a go

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