David Luiz makes Tottenham claim ahead of North London Derby

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham head into Sunday’s North London derby at the Emirates on the back of a miserable performance against Newcastle United at the weekend.

Arsenal also come into the game on a back of a defeat at Anfield, with both sides looking to get back to winning ways and secure the bragging rights.

Several players including the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Dani Ceballos, and David Luiz could be involved in their first encounter of the fierce rivalry.

David Luiz, who is no stranger to playing London derby games against Spurs during his time at Chelsea has claimed that the game will hold extra importance as he expects both clubs to compete for the same objectives right until the end of the season.

Speaking to Football.London, Luiz said: “I think there is no better opportunity than that. I think we are going to play at home against a fantastic team, against a team who are going to fight with us until the end for the same goals, the same objectives.

“So we’re going to do our best to win, especially because we are playing at home.”

The central defender, however, was under no illusions as to how tough a test Mauricio Pochettino’s side might posses.

He added: “It’s going to be a tough game, I’m looking forward to that. Especially when you lose a game, you want to play a game tomorrow if it’s possible.

“We are going to work hard. It’s going to be another tough, tough game against a fantastic team, they have signed new players, amazing players.

“So it’s up to us to try to do our game, especially at home and win the game.

“I play football because I love football. That’s why I’m still playing football, that’s why I still have ambition and try to do big things in football.

“So it’s going to be special for me for sure.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Arsenal’s backline is their biggest weakness as was evident from their performance at Anfield. Spurs cannot afford to sit back like they did against City and must get the likes of Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura running at the Arsenal defence. Pochettino will certainly expect a response from the players after the poor showing against Newcastle.

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