Pochettino talks all things North London derby

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal this weekend, with both teams in fine form heading into the derby fixture.

Spurs currently sit third in the League after their win against Chelsea, and also added a fine victory over Inter Milan to their recent results this week.

Arsenal sit down in fifth, but haven’t made much of a habit of losing games of late.

This is the first North London derby of the season, and a win would be a key building block for either side.

For Tottenham it could propel them away from the likes of Arsenal and United fighting for the top four places, while for Arsenal three points could throw them right back into contention.

This will be Unai Emery’s first taste of the NLD, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with the fixture and the pressure surrounding it.

Pochettino knows all about this historic rivalry by now, and will fight tooth and nail to come out on top.

Football London report he said: “I think it will be tough the game, first of all. It will be an exciting game with two very good teams. We have to hope that in the end we can have a very good performance and can win the game. That’s our objective.

“I think the mentality so far is so good. I think now it is about delivering the job. We have the belief which is most important in football. The belief and faith that you can beat any team away from home or at home and I think today the squad have that belief and that is the most important. Then the performance can be good or not so good. Then you have some luck or not in different games, but with the right mentality all is possible.

“I was involved when I was a player in Newell’s Old Boys against Rosario Central or Espanyol against Barcelona or PSG against Marseille. Now as a manager it’s special, a special game. Always it’s tough to play this kind of game because it means more than other games. We know very well what this game means for our fans. Of course, but in the last few years, Arsenal, like different teams Chelsea and West Ham it is a derby and a special game and it means a lot for the fans. Every season we add one team more like Palace or Watford or now Fulham, another club in the Premier League.

“Of course the players feel that. The players are aware of what the game means. We have a lot of players who through the academy arrive in the first team. They know very well what it means to play Arsenal.”

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