Spurs star opens up on NLD confidence and finishing above Arsenal

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Dom Le Roy

Ben Davies has admitted that he and his Tottenham teammates go into the all-important North London Derby on Sunday full of confidence, having won their last five games in all competitions.

Tottenham’s season looked in danger of fizzling out a few weeks ago but Jose Mourinho’s men have since turned things around and dragged themselves back into the race for the top four.

Three points on Sunday would be a massive boost for Spurs in their quest to make up ground on the likes of Leicester and Chelsea, and Davies is hopeful that the side can make a big statement at the Emirates.

He told Football.London: “I think we’ve turned a corner now and after a good run of results we want to go into this derby full of confidence and hopefully it can pan out to be a big game for us.”

Tottenham go into the game seven points ahead of their local rivals and a win on Sunday would thus put them in the driving seat to finish above the Gunners for the fifth season in a row.

However, Davies insisted that finishing above Arsenal is not really what the players are thinking about and echoed Jose Mourinho’s thoughts by suggesting that Tottenham are looking up rather than down the table.

The left-back said: “We don’t really get dragged too much into that as a squad because we focus on ourselves and hopefully that result of finishing better than them is as a consequence of us doing well.

“Our aim this year is to win a trophy and to finish as high as we can.”

Davies certainly knows what the North London Derby is all about, having been at Spurs for almost seven years.

When asked about his favourite memories against Arsenal, the Wales international responded: “There’s two for me that stand out. The Carabao Cup at their place, we went to the Emirates, kept a clean sheet, won 2-0 and that was a special result because we celebrated in front of the away fans there.

“Also, when we beat them at Wembley 1-0 when Harry Kane scored because that was another good day for us, we were on a good run, we’d had a tough period as well so to win that one was special.

“Of course it’s always a big moment when we beat them because football is about rivalry and the passion that comes with it and if we beat them then it’s all the better.”

Spurs Web Opinion

While North London derbies are always significant irrespective of where both teams are in the table, I believe this Sunday’s clash is more important for us than it is for Arsenal as the result could have a huge say on the remainder of our season.

A win on Sunday will help us build on our momentum and give us a very good shot of finishing in the top four while a loss will essentially force us to put all our eggs in the Europa League basket.

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