Maicon relishing first derby

Manchester City defender Maicon has no doubt Sunday's clash with Manchester United will match any other derby he has experienced for atmosphere.

Last Updated: 09/12/12 at 16:40 Post Comment

Maicon: Ready for his first experience of the Manchester derby

Maicon: Ready for his first experience of the Manchester derby

The clash at the Etihad Stadium will be the first meeting between local rivals City and United since Brazilian full-back Maicon joined the Blues from Inter Milan this summer.

With it once again pitting the league's top two against each other - champions City currently trail leaders United by three points - the game is set to be as intense an affair as ever.

And Maicon, who has played in derbies for Inter against AC Milan and for Cruzeiro against their Belo Horizonte neighbours Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, is expecting something just as feisty as those encounters.

"My strongest memory of the Milan derbies was the day Inter won 4-0 (in 2009-10) and we also won the Champions League in the same season," he said.

"It was a great game, a great derby, difficult to forget.

"All over the world, the derby is a different game to any other.

"It is a passionate game, whether you are in Manchester, Milan or Brazil, and I am sure Sunday will be just the same.

"I remember playing for Cruzeiro against Atletico Mineiro, at a time when Mineiro were the better team. We won that game, and it changed our whole season for the better.

"This is something that is built into derbies - it can give the team a boost of confidence for the rest of the season."

Maicon insists the City squad are focused on retaining their title and the 31-year-old feels it is vital the new arrivals at City make their contribution.

"We are working for this (the title) every week," added Maicon.

"The bulk of the team that won the league last year is the same, with only a few players coming into the squad.

"It is up to us to contribute to change the history of this club."

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