Spurs midfielder claims players do not currently see Arsenal as club’s biggest rivals

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Dele Alli
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There is no doubt that the North London derbies are the most important games of the season for Tottenham fans, irrespective of where the club is in the table.

While the London derbies against the likes of Chelsea and West Ham are also important for bragging rights, the rivalry between the Spurs and Arsenal fanbases is unrivalled.

However, Dele Alli has revealed that it is not a sentiment that is shared within the Spurs dressing room as many of the players look at Chelsea as the team they want to beat.

Spurs have had some memorable clashes with the Blues over recent years including the infamous Battle of the Bridge.

With Chelsea’s most successful modern manager, Jose Mourinho, now in charge of Spurs, the intensity of the rivalry is only likely to go up even further in the coming years.

While Alli admitted to understanding what the North London rivalry means to Tottenham fans, he revealed that the players have more animosity towards Chelsea due to the nature of the clashes between the sides in recent years.

Speaking to Copa 90 (as relayed by the Sun), the England international said: “I think if you ask the fans they will give you a different answer.

“But as players – the way things have been going with the league and the games – the rivalry with Chelsea is bigger than the one with Arsenal, because of what they have done to us in recent years.

“For fans, it’s different, because the North London derby is massive, but as players, I think it’s Chelsea.”

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Dele’s sentiments are certainly understandable, particularly given Chelsea’s desperation to stop us winning the title back in the 2015/16 season. Perhaps that is why the 24-year-old always turns up against Chelsea and usually finds the back of the net. However, the North London derby will always be the most important game for Spurs fans.

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