Ex-Lazio star Goran Pandev admits Friday night’s Roma-Napoli match will “feel like a derby for me.”
The striker wore the Biancocelesti jersey from July 2004 to January 2010 and had many happy memories in the Derby della Capitale, scoring in two of them.
“Playing against Roma does feel like a derby for me, as I was at Lazio for five and a half years,” he told Il Messaggero newspaper.
“I dream of scoring against my old Napoli teammate Morgan De Sanctis, but it’s the performance of the whole team that is important.
“I didn’t expect Roma to be top of the table with a 100 per cent record after seven rounds, but they have a squad capable of fighting until the end, just like Napoli.”
This Serie A showdown kicks off on Friday evening at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) at the Stadio Olimpico.
“I think the Giallorossi will want to take control straight away, which is why I expect an open and spectacular encounter.
“Winning the Scudetto at Napoli would be magical and mean entering into the history of this club. Celebrating a title in Rome or Naples is different to doing the same in Milan or Turin.”