Di Matteo looking forward to derby dates

21 May 2010 10:51
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is excited by the prospect of a West Midlands frenzy next season as he leads the Baggies into the Premiership.

The former MK Dons boss has his sights set on the mouth-watering contests against rivals Wolves, Birmingham and Aston Villa.

The quartet are now all in the top flight together for the first time since the 1984 campaign and Di Matteo, who was speaking at the Banks's/Gold Football Forum, said: "Last summer when I joined, one of the first things the fans told me was about the local rivalry with Wolves.

"I think it's going to be very interesting to play so many teams from the area. They definitely add a different juice to the game when they are derbies. I have played in many myself and there are no real favourites.

"Somebody might be higher up the table and somebody else might be lower but you go into that game and anybody can win. I'm sure there will be some great atmospheres in those games.

"We can't really choose derbies. That's the way it's going to be and you just have to try to enjoy them and try to get the best out of the games rather than thinking there are too many of them. It will be great to measure ourselves against those teams."

Source: Team_Talk

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