He said: "I love sincere people who speak in a clear and direct way. He may not be appreciated by everyone, but Mourinho seems to be an honest person without skeletons in his closet."
Panucci as part of the Roma squad that battled Inter for Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup over the past few years, which included several victories in this arena.
"I hold all my enthusiasm and concentration within me. Maybe it isn't visible to the outside observer, but I am truly fired up and think of this match often," the veteran added.