Aleksandar Mitrovic has summed up the derby divide, declaring ‘we are black and white, they are red and white’.
The Serbian striker believing it is a good omen as back home he played for black & white Partizan against Red Star Belgrade who have red and white stripes.
Mitrovic is targeting another 204 goals to catch Alan Shearer up at Newcastle but is concentrating fully on the derby for now.
Asked about a potential intimidating Stadium of Light, Mitrovic simply replies that ‘a good atmosphere is nice…’.
In an interview with The Mirror, the striker revealed that he is now living in Alan Pardew’s old house and loves the simple life.
When it comes to football though the emotions flood out and he says that when he scores a goal he feels like running around the pitch and jumping over the stadium…as you do.
It is great to have somebody of his character going into the derby match tomorrow, even though radio presenter Alan Brazil reckons that foreign players aren’t up for the derbies…
Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to The Mirror:
“When I score a goal I have so much aggression, passion, adrenaline that I could run around the pitch ten times and jump over the stadium….it is a release of emotions.”
“In Serbia there is so much rivalry from the fans, on the pitch, before and after the game, there is really a problem of fights between the fans – really dangerous, but I played two derbies and I had really good experience from them.
“We are black and white, they are red and white, and in Serbia it was the same – a coincidence and a good omen!”
“Here it is like a religion to have a real number nine strong striker, a box player, always in the box, give the ball, score a goal, it is an honour to be a striker here. I hope I have a lot of goals here to celebrate.”
“I have 204 goals to go (to equal Shearer’s goal record at NUFC), I have time, Alan Shearer came here when he was 26….why not!
“Shearer is number one here and everyone was behind him, he did a lot for this club and that is how I want to play. Maybe one day I can become a legend – it is just beginning.
“I hope to meet him, he is my idol.
“Stay calm and give it a go, we have a good team, we believe in ourselves and we know we can win it, although we respect Sunderland.”
“I don’t listen to what they (Sunderland fans) sing or what they say. A good atmosphere is nice…
“I am told this is where he (Alan Pardew) lived, a nice house. My mum and dad come over, they have a visa and come for a while then someone else comes over. I am never alone, I like family life at home.”