AS Roma coach Luis Enrique insists he knows the importance of the derby against Lazio.

Enrique "knew from the first day that the Rome derby was a special game".

The Giallorossi lost the first edition earlier this season to a last-gasp Miroslav Klose goal after Simon Kjaer was sent off.

"I knew from the very first day I got here that the Rome derby was a special game," said the Spanish Coach in his press conference.

"All the fans are waiting for this moment and I know how important it is for the city. This is a motivating force for me and the team to reach it in the right conditions. It's not the most important match in my career, though.

"Can it be a turning point? We are preparing 100 per cent and know Lazio's strength, as they have been in front of us from the start of the season. I have confidence."