Cristian Zapata is looking forward to the derby and admitted he was exhausted after beating Chievo.
Zapata made his seasonal debut on Thursday against Olympiacos after dealing with injuries over the last few months and today (Sunday) against Chievo he was again put in the starting XI as Alessio Romagnoli was unable to play.
“I am dead tired [laughs], but I am happy for helping my team,” Zapata told MilanTV after the 3-1 win. “I always work to help my teammates and to get some playing time as it happened today. I always make myself available to the coach.
“Experience is always needed and I want to play a great campaign with these teammates. The derby [which will take place on October 21st at San Siro]? How can I forget that goal [the 2-2 equalizer in April 2017]! We have a few days more to prepare for this game but I am already thrilled.”
Speaking in the mixed-zone, the 32-year-old Colombian added: “I hope to be decisive again in the derby. We have to work in these days and wait for the national team players. There is motivation for this match. The defense [Zapata and Kessié made the mistake which led to Chievo’s goal]? It’s annoying to concede goals, we have to improve in this and take a step forward in every game.”
Zapata is Milan’s fourth choice center back for this season after Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio and Mattia Caldara, who is still recovering from an injury and could be back after the international break.