"It is a derby, so as always there will be a special atmosphere," said Mancio.
This would usually be an evening kick-off, but as it is the last game of 2007 the big match takes on an extra layer of significance.
"A derby is always important and these are two of the most successful sides in the world going face to face, but the fact it is on December 23 makes it a little different to usual."
He added "There is absolutely no rivalry between myself and Carlo Ancelotti. It is only normal that there should be some rivalry between the teams, but I don't even feel it. My real rivalry is from when I was a player for Sampdoria against Genoa, so nothing bothers me now."