Ahead of the North London derby on Sunday, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he wants to see his Tottenham as they host Arsenal.
In the last derby at the Emirates, Mourinho watched as a pundit on Sky Sports making analysis of both team’s performances in a cracking 2-2 draw.
Mourinho gave his verdict complimenting Arsenal’s attack and a word of caution on the changing chemistry at Tottenham saying “maybe some of the boys want something different.”
Spurs had been having a season full of inconsistencies and Mourinho could not have predicted he would be in charge prior to the upcoming North London derby.
The team now is a bit closer to the qualifying for the Champions League than they were before Jose took charge back in November. They have won two of their last eight Premier League matches.
Their recent performance against Bournemouth was just an eye sore and Arsenal’s visit to the Tottenham Stadium on Sunday could prove to be an interesting fixture as Mourinho seeks to see his players pour their hearts out in that fixture.
“When I am in a club, I like to be one of them and I like to feel what my people feel,” he tells Sky Sports. “It’s a new feeling for me when I move from club to club, but I learn that feeling very, very fast. I would say that the moment I put my foot in a club for the first time, I learn it automatically.
“So yes, I am one of them. In this case, one of us, which is Tottenham people. What is important for the fans is important for me.
“When I go to a derby as Inter manager, I know what it means for them. When I go as Real Madrid manager, I know what it means for them. And when I go as Tottenham manager, I know what it means for them.
“They can count on me to have exactly the same feelings, the same desire and the same passion that they have. When you are a player or a coach of a certain team, it cannot just be a job for you. You must have a sense of duty and a responsibility towards the people who love your club.
“For me, my club, my passion, my love, is the club where I am. In this moment, if you ask me if I know how important it is for Tottenham fans to look at their biggest rivals, then of course I know it and of course I share it.”