Premier League: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he ‘appears up, not down’ forward of derby conflict towards Arsenal

Premier League: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he ‘appears up, not down’ forward of derby conflict towards Arsenal

Spurs head to the Emirates on Sunday seven factors forward of their rivals and on monitor to complete above them for a fifth successive yr.

Premier League: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he 'looks up, not down' ahead of derby clash against Arsenal

File picture of Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho. AFP

London: Jose Mourinho says the north London energy battle with Arsenal doesn’t concern him as he’s solely centered on the groups above Tottenham within the Premier League desk.

Spurs head to the Emirates on Sunday seven factors forward of their rivals and on monitor to complete above them for a fifth successive yr.

Mourinho stated he was concentrating solely on guaranteeing his facet remained within the battle for the highest 4 and never on the place the Gunners have been within the desk.

“I search for, I do not look down,” he stated. “If Arsenal was seven factors forward of us, I might look to them.

“However as a result of we’ve seven factors greater than them, I do not look down.

“However on the similar time, we glance at all times to the following match. And if as an alternative of Arsenal it was (Aston) Villa or Newcastle, the following matches we will play, precisely the identical feeling.”

Tottenham, searching for their sixth win in a row in all competitions, are in seventh place, 5 factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea however with a sport in hand.

Mourinho had an intense rivalry with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger whereas he was a supervisor at Chelsea and Manchester United and a brand new chapter has began since his arrival at Spurs in 2019.

He has gained each of his north London derbies as Tottenham boss to this point, each at dwelling, however respects Mikel Arteta’s Gunners and what they’re attempting to realize.

“Despite the rivalry between us and Arsenal, I wish to be respectful,” he stated.

“Arsenal is a giant membership with a giant historical past — a bit of bit like us they’re attempting to construct a greater future. I’ve whole respect for them.”

Arteta admits his facet will come up towards considered one of Europe’s “most particular” strike forces on the Emirates.

Spurs moved previous a century of targets for the season as Harry Kane scored twice in Thursday’s Europa League round-of-16 first-leg win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Solely Bayern Munich have scored extra throughout Europe’s prime 5 leagues to this point this season, with Gareth Bale discovering a leading edge to complement targets from the prolific Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

“It’s extremely troublesome as a result of the extent of high quality, precision, understanding and chemistry that they’ve between them makes them in all probability one of the crucial particular (assaults) in Europe,” stated Arteta.

“They usually do not want a lot. They’re able to create their very own possibilities, they can hyperlink as a crew.

“So it’s actually troublesome to do, however we are going to put together the sport nicely to attempt to cease them clearly.”

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