Saturday February 12 2011
Ranocchia's first Derby d'Italia

Andrea Ranocchia plays his first Derby d'Italia and is concerned about Milos Krasic, but denies he's the partying kind. “I only go out to the supermarket.”

The Inter defender was snapped up during the January transfer window from Genoa and prepares for Sunday's showdown with Juventus.

“I don't have the best of luck with Juve, as with Bari I missed one game due to a ban and was injured for another,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“At Genoa I conceded two goals and was substituted after 45 minutes. At least with Arezzo in Serie B we fought back from two goals...

“I'd take Krasic away from Juventus, as when he takes on his man, it's amazing. Having said that, we're sure Javier Zanetti can take care of him.”

Ranocchia has also been upgraded to a starting spot for Italy alongside Juve's Leonardo Bonucci, but won't let success go to his head.

“I am a normal person, so in the football world that may seem special, but I can assure you there are many other relaxed colleagues like me. I'm happy and my career is on the right path, but it's a bit late to get big-headed.

“The risk of that happening is when you're 18 and at your first appearances in Serie A, not the age of 22 after injuries, time in the stands, on the bench and dealing with defeats. The rest is thanks to your family and the way you were brought up.

“I used to go out dancing, when I was less busy, but now I only go out to the supermarket. I have fun losing myself in the aisles and adore cooking, especially fish.”

Ranocchia also revealed a link with his new Inter teammate, Marco Materazzi.

“I am a huge Perugia fan and was in their youth academy when they had Luciano Gaucci as President, Fabrizio Miccoli and Materazzi on the field. I used to be a ball boy for Marco during their games.”

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