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Pochettino plays down 'favourite' tag ahead of north London derby

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 01:11

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side's top form going into the match against Arsenal will have little influence

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 16, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "In a derby, it's difficult to see one favourite. Of course if you see the history, Arsenal was above Tottenham in the past 20 years and they deserve a lot of credit for that. To stay (as manager) in a club for five years, it's because you are a good manager, if you stay 10 years it's because you must be very good, but to stay more than 20 years, it's because you are special. I admire him a lot, he's a very special manager, but of course I think he knows better than me that a derby always is not only about performance, it's not only about playing well or not, it means a lot for our fans, it means a lot for their fans and it's always special to play and it's not important how you arrive, and at what level you arrive to the derby, the derby is special and anything can happen." STORY: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino played down the 'favourite' tag ahead of the north London derby, heaping praise on his Arsenal counterpart in the process. At a news conference on Thursday (November 16), Pochettino recognised Arsene Wenger's long reign at Arsenal as a reflection of his ability and success, and warned Spurs fans to not expect a straightforward win based on form, saying derbies were always unpredictable. Tottenham are third in the table, four points above Arsenal, but are yet to win at the Emirates since Pochettino took over in 2014, all three games ending in 1-1 draws.

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Pochettino plays down 'favourite' tag ahead of north London derby

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 01:11