It looks like new Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has already become well versed on the animosity that Spurs and Arsenal have for one another.
The 56-year-old, who has a tremendous track record against Arsenal, has made his fair share of derogatory comments about Tottenham’s North London rivals and their former boss Arsene Wenger (ESPN), something that would have probably gone down well with most Spurs fans.
When asked about his first north London derby which is currently scheduled to be played on April 25, Mourinho revealed that he is already looking forward to the game.
Football.London quotes Mourinho as saying: “I know the big ones and I know that’s a big one. Not just because Arsenal is a big club that fights for the same objectives as we do, but also I know the meaning and I like it.
The Spurs boss was also asked about speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino to the vacancy at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking on Friday.
When asked if Pochettino joining Arsenal would spice up the derby, the Portuguese manager insisted that for him it was always about the team he was going up against and not the manager.
Mourinho added: “I never played against Pochettino in my life. Never. Man United against Tottenham, yes. Tottenham against Chelsea, yes. But never me against Pochettino.
“So if he goes to Arsenal or if he goes to, I don’t know which club, it will never be me against him. It will be me against his club. So yes, I look forward to playing against Arsenal. I want to play against Arsenal. I know what it means for our fans, but with Mauricio or Emery or Ljungberg or whoever else that’s no problem.”
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There is literally zero chance of Pochettino going to Arsenal and completely ruining his Spurs legacy. Not only does the Argentine have too much class for that but he is almost certainly a shoo-in for a much bigger job like PSG or Real Madrid if results start going poorly for them.
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