Pochettino focusing on the job in hand

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Emirates Stadium (Sunday 4:30pm)

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Preview:

MAURICIO POCHETTINO issued a rallying call to his Tottenham Hotspur players ahead of this afternoon’s North London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Spurs flattered to deceive during last weekend’s damaging single-goal home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United and with criticism rife towards him and his charges after that particular setback, the Argentine has insisted focus can now only be on the job in hand.

“Always you need to win,” Pochettino explained. 

“If you came from a not good result like we did you need to win. If you came from a good result you need to win again. 

“The criticism in football comes when you don’t win. It’s not important what happened in the past, only what happens now – in the present. 

“We know well what this game means. I’m lucky to be involved in this type of game. I love to play this type of game and I am so excited and optimistic that we will perform in our best way.”

When quizzed about what is needed to return successfully from a tense derby encounter, Pochettino added: “I think you need to perform in a very good way, better than your opponent. 

Of course too much ambition, too much desire, aggression, passion, there are many points but most important is the performance.

“If you go there with desire and passion you still need in the end a good performance to win. Football not only about running, desire, it is about talent and performance. If we are able to match their passion and desire then after it will about the talent, quality and performance.”

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Head to head:

Arsenal won: 82

Drawn: 52

Tottenham Hotspur won: 64

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Last five meetings (all competitions):

November 18, 2017 – Premier League

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

February 10, 2018 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal

December 2, 2018 – Premier League

Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur

December 19, 2018 – Carabao (League) Cup

Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

March 2, 2019 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal

Jeevesie’s prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 

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Brian Jeeves

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