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José Mourinho does not expect Tottenham to be complacent in Sunday’s North London derby despite the recent mixed form from rivals Arsenal.
The Portuguese manager criticized his staff members after the 3-3 draw with LASK Thursday.
He believes some have lacked motivation during the Europa League group stage, but there will be no shortage of incentives this weekend when Mikel Arteta’s team travels to the N17.
While the Gunners are 14 in the Premier League, eight points behind the leaders SpursIt was only in August that they triumphed twice at Wembley to take the silverware from their new manager.
“I think everyone knows what Arsenal did recently, the way they beat Chelsea and (Manchester) City to win the FA Cup,” Mourinho said.
“The way they played at Liverpool despite the loss, the way they beat United at Old Trafford, the way they normally play against the best teams.
“The amount of players they use in the defensive process, the way they act on fast counterattacks and fast transitions. I don’t think it’s necessary (to warn players about complacency).
“But it probably will, but I don’t think we need it. We all know that a derby has nothing to do with form, momentum, injuries, suspensions. It has nothing to do with that. It’s just Tottenham and Arsenal. “
The return of the fans will lift Tottenham
Fans will be back at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time in nine months when Arsenal visit on Sunday.
Only 2,000 viewers will be allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic and with London at level two.
The teams that play in the third level cannot let the fans in, which has caused both Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa and Newcastle coach Steve Bruce to criticize the government’s decision to regionalize the return of the fans.
Mourinho admitted: “I can understand his position but at the same time the situation is so difficult and so frustrating for everyone that I think we have to accept all these things for the sake of football, the sake of people’s happiness and perspective. from ‘this is going to change for the better’ ”.
When asked if the backing of the Spurs crowd could lift his players, Mourinho noted that it would depend on the type of fan.
“It depends on the fans, their profile, the way people will face the game,” said the 57-year-old.
“Do you want to go to the most beautiful stadium in England and enjoy it? Or do you want to go play?
“If they want to enjoy the stadium and their passion for football, I don’t think there is a big difference.
“If they want to go there and play, wear a Tottenham jersey and play, that can give us a little more motivation and pleasure, yes.”