Tottenham have reported no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's big match with fierce north London rivals Arsenal.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino made eleven changes for the midweek League Cup match with Nottingham Forest and all the players came through the 3-1 win unscathed. Only long term absentee Kyle Walker is unavailable.
It is not fitness, however, that should concern the ex-Southampton manager. The win over Championship leaders Forest was Tottenham's first in five matches, and it remains to be seen whether game changers Ryan Mason and Harry Kane will be selected or whether Pochettino will resort back to his usual league selection.
Spurs will out fought and out played by West Brom last weekend at White Hart Lane, and Liverpool the week before that. The match against Arsenal could be exactly the type of game Spurs need to re-energise their league campaign, and Pochettino knows it.
“We need to play our way. It will be an emotional game, for sure, not tactical, not physical. Football is about emotion and this is the type of game you play with your heart," Pochettino told the club's official site.
“It’s a big game, a big derby. I know what it means for us and for our supporters. I’m excited, because I like this rivalry.”
Pochettino played in the Barcelona and Rosaria (Argentina) derbies, also in matches between Argentina and Brazil, and Paris St Germain and Marseille. Spurs fans will hope he can use those experiences to motivate his side and avoid the turgid displays that have blighted the team for the last few weeks.
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