This Local Derby Is Even Bigger Than In Milan

This is Davide Santon’s third season on Tyneside, and the 22 year-old Italian will be playing in his third Newcastle – Sunderland derby tomorrow, and while at Inter he played in three Milan derbies and was on the winning side each time.

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Davide Santon – played in three Milan derbies

Davide supported AC Milan as a youngster, but then joined Inter when he was 14 back in 2005, and he played for Inter when Jose Mourinho was the manager there, and Jose converted Davide from a winger into a left back, and he was capped for Italy while he was still a teenager.

Davide made his debit for the full Italian team when he was just 18, in June, 2009 in a friendly game against Northern Ireland played in Pisa, and a certain young Shane Ferguson was in the Northern Ireland side that day, over four years ago when Italy won 3-0.

This is what Davide has said today about the Milan and the Newcastle-Sunderland derbies:

“I have played in three Milan derbies. The Milan derby is good and an exciting experience, but I think this derby is even bigger.”  “The lay-out of the stadiums makes a big difference.”

“At Sunderland everyone will be very close to the pitch and that means you can hear the fans really loudly.”  “At the San Siro you have 90,000 people watching you but they are a long way from the field so you can’t hear them and the atmosphere doesn’t seem as crazy.”

“You also share the same stadium so it never really feels like you are playing away. It’s a different experience and I definitely prefer this derby because you are more on edge.”

“This game also means more to the fans of the two clubs. The game is so important to them. At Inter, yes the derby is important, but it doesn’t dominate the rest of the season. Here, this game does.”

“I won all three of the Milan derbies I played in. It’s funny because when I was growing up I was an AC Milan fan. It was difficult for me at first to join Inter, but once you join a team you give everything for them.”

“Even though I was an AC Milan I played for Inter and gave everything for them as they were my team. When I was growing up the Milan derbies were always so close, with both teams winning their fair share.”

‘I’ve played in two derbies and I have been here three years now but last year I didn’t play when we lost 3-0 (not surprising he made that clarification). I know all about the importance of this game for both of the cities.”

“I think this time it is even bigger for Newcastle because we all still have the memory of losing. Everybody was despondent and I think some of the fans had to take a week off work to get over it.”

“It was very difficult for them so we know we have to win this game for the city, the club and the fans.”

It was more than difficult for Newcastle fans, if was painful, very painful.

We’re still not sure which team will turn up tomorrow, but we hope it’s the side that had been on display in the last two and a half games, and if that side turns up tomorrow, there’s no reason why we cannot get all 3 points out of this game.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    if we don’t win against the mackems at least by 3-4 goals tomorrow i can see a really bad season coming to us, the mackems are in a disastrous state atm they are even worse than us from last season.

    only against Liverpool we played very well for the full 90 minutes but against other teams this season we have played poor and we got lucky with Cardiff.

    i’m looking forward for the derby game but this is Newcastle the most predictable team in the league.

  • Graeme

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    We are the better team – may the best team win!!!

    It will be a battle, but TOOON to win it 1-2 or even 1-3!!!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Gus Poyet knows our style of play and how to put us under pressure when we think about it Poyet beat us twice with a below average team, i can’t really say that the mackems have a better team than Burnley because i hardly know the Sunderland new players.

  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Lucky against Cardiff? You need to get your cataracts sorted. The only thing predictable about Newcastle is their unpredictability.

  • jackostoon

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning jesper,
    Up to now, touch wood, Ive been using fsi and it’s been fine kidda.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    in all honestly i think our Newcastle will win but it’ll be a scrappy win maybe 2-1 or 1-0.

    when was the last time we scored more than 2 goals? or have a heavy result as in 3-0 or 4-0?

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Quasimodo’s tailor

    we were lucky against Cardiff, granted first half we should of battered them at least 3-4 goals but the second half we sat back and let Cardiff run at us and if you didn’t see that happen i would love to hear your view on the Cardiff game?

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Was gonna say don’t get carried away people, nothing’s ever easy and especially not derby matches with newcastle involved.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9


    true mate

  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve told you my view – we were the better team and deserved to win.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    some people on here have cataracts some wear rose tinted glasses haha

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    If the photo of Pope Francis holding what we’re told was a Sunderland shirt is genuine (could it have been Photoshopped?) then it’s been given it as a prank or he’s held it as an act of kindness towards some poor misguided soul. There’s no way he’d even have heard of Sunderland let alone support them.

    Anyway, if they think they’ve got the Pontiff with them, we’ve got Joe Kinnear on our team!!!

  • croftus5678

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    a team who desp want the win more (sunderland) against a team with far far too much quality against them (toon) who will be the winner ???

    imo like a cup final (a prem team vs a 2nd division team) 🙂 good match this one but we had better win.

  • Blofal

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Toon to win 5-1 or 6-0. Howay the lads!

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #15


    It is genuine. Had the bishop or priest, can’t remember which, on radio newcastle. They were visiting the vatican and managed to get tickets to stand at the front of the crowd where they resented the pope with a sunderland shirt.

    Nothing more to it than that.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16


    I’m with you, fully expect us to give them a spanking.


    We have the quality and desire…they may need the win but so do our players, they will want to avenge last season 3-0 home defeat.

  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    first goal is crucial tomorrow, if we get it within the first ten we will mash them, if they score first its going to be a very nervous difficult game

  • toonincheek

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18


    Sometimes typos are better than what was intended !

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19


    its a little known fact that joe is an adept practioner of the jedi mind trick 🙂

  • toonincheek

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20


    So often, the first goal leads to the side who scored thinking they are in control and sitting back a bit, but it also leads to the other side starting to fight back, and that leads so often to them getting back into the game and dominating.

  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21


    in normal circumstances yes, against a team with no confidence i think its different.

    however this is a derby…and form can often go out of the window. i hope we win!


    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    All things right we should stride into that stadium, batter them and saunter off without a second thought. In reality though they will be more confident that ever and we will be jittery and i reckon will stutter to a score draw

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Transfer Sage @ 15

    Crikey, so it’s real was it?

    Poor desperate souls who’ve taken advantage of the Pontiff’s humanity and kindness to those less fortunate than most

    Should we be surprised to hear that Sunderland have made arrangements for the whole of the playing, management and coaching staff have a trip ha to Lourdes?

    On topic and it happens so often before we lose a game, why are players encouraged to pile pressure on themselves by taking up the importance of games? They do it and naturally believe what they’re saying, thus denting any confidence and self-belief they may have had.

    Counterproductive I’d say and maybe it’s best they were encouraged to believe they’re better the opposition?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    If I was Pardew I would be tempted to tell our players to ignore the fact that it is a derby to a certain extent and concentrate on putting in a proffessional away performance.

    We have the better team and more confidence so getting caught up in dangerous tackles and fisty cuffs is what they will try to do.

    We should go there and try to play like we did at Cardiff and we should bag the 3 points and be back in time for tea 😉

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    In all i really hope u are all right. I hope we do hammer the mackams. But this is a derby match. Both teams looking for 3 points. But sunderland won last time cas of 2 players sessengon nd mignolet. So i do hope u all r right but we shud never underestimate them. Nd we got beat off brighton cas we played a weak side against them. But ive missed the derby winning feeling lets hope we can get it back!


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Think we’re going to batter them tomos tbh

    Yes poyet is 2-0 on pardew, but in cup games, with a championship team fired up whilst we half heartedly strolled in with the b team, also unjustly reduced to 10 men in both Brighton games (not that that excuses the performance!)
    This is a totally different experience, one poyet has no experience in with a team he doesn’t know and a group of players who don’t know each other, he rely on the clubs senior pro’s, which tbh is a huge plus!!!

    The important thing for pardew is to make sure we maintain the quality we showed against pool and most importantly make sure our senior pro’s keep there heads, the last thing we need is a trademark Taylor shirt grab or handball, though much more confident now in tiote who looks back to his best!
    Personally tomos for me cisse and sissoko on the bench, this is a huge huge derby for us and there’s no space in the starting 11 for passengers

  • A monkey is better then Pardew

    Oct 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Arteta off!

    Come on Palace!

  • Ciaran

    Oct 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #28

    The reality is that we are much much better than Sunderland. Will be interesting if the match tomorrow reflects our undoubted superiority or whether it will be a sad indicator of where we are headed this season.

  • MosesNUFC

    Oct 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #29

    blackandwhitearmylol poyet doesn’t know our style of play. pardew will know his. if you didn’t know we played 451 and 4231 the last two times against poyet and we didn’t have the likes of remy, tiote, sissoko, debuchy, cabaye and benny on one occasion. 433 we should hopefully destroy sunderland. Pardew and the players owe us, and need to make things up to us by absolutely battering the scum

  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #30

    shows how well we did to keep suarez quiet last week, just scored a great goal against west brom

  • fatman

    Oct 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31


    the weekly Micky take with a red & white slant, i would rather have open heart surgery without an than get beat of those inbreeds.

  • fatman

    Oct 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #32

    should have been this link, it could be really funny if i drank.

  • NUFCarter

    Oct 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Gosling has scored from 25 yards for Blackpool!!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #34

    I think I’ll change mind mind about Man Utd finishing mid-table. I now think they’ll get relegated.

    We have better players.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Wow manure 2-1 down at home to stoke!!
    Just shows how influential a manager really is!

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #36


    are you bi polar as well as ocd haha 😉

  • Graeme

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Suarez hits a hatrick against WBA and just hit the bar!!

  • yo-yo

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #38

    The Fools performances this season are a good marker for us – we played well for both halves and despite being down a man outfoxed them most of the game – just look at what they’ve been doing to other sides – WBA fr’ instance. IF we are up for it we should win tomorrow… but its more unpredictable if the unwashed decide to have their ‘best’ game of the season..

  • Graeme

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Manure 3-2 up!!!

  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #40

    getting very excited about adam armstrong seems a great prospect, lets hope we dont hype him too much like we did with campbell, 4 in two for england under 17s

    ‘Once again Armstrong had dropped deep to pick up the ball, and perhaps with the frustration of his earlier efforts built up inside him, he slammed an unstoppable shot from thirty yards straight into the top corner.

    Five minutes later Armstrong was at it again, only this time he was ten yards closer, curling the ball past the keeper with the inside of his right foot.’

    from FA website


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