David Beckham gears up for "special" Milan derby
David Beckham says the atmosphere has been building up for weeks ahead of Sunday's Milan derby match, which is free-to-air on ESPN UK.
AC Milan are currently six points behind reigning champions Inter with a game in hand and a victory at the weekend could allow them to go level on points.
After Beckham's return on loan in January, Milan have won three out of three matches in Serie A including a 3-0 victory over Juventus, but the England midfielder knows Sunday's match is the focus of the city's attention.
"It's talked about for weeks, and then the week before," he told ESPN during an exclusive interview. "It's all anyone talks about.
"It's in the papers, it's on the TV. It doesn't matter what position you are in the league - when it comes to a derby game, it really matters as it's such a big game.
"Everyone knows what Italians are like anyway with football. They're passionate and have so much enthusiasm for any game but, especially when it gets to a big game like this, the whole city gets involved.
"And it's special. It's a special atmosphere. It is [important] because we were quite a few points behind Inter and, obviously with Inter drawing at the weekend, we keep grinding away and keep grinding results and kind of getting back into it."