‘We have the belief and faith… now it’s about delivering the job’: Mauricio Pochettino confident Tottenham can end dire run at Arsenal and claim first away win against rivals in eight years
- Mauricio Pochettino is backing Tottenham to end miserable run at Arsenal
- Tottenham travel to Arsenal on Sunday looking for their first win in eight years
- Pochettino says: ‘We have the belief we can win any game at home and away’
Jonathan Veal, Press Association Sport
Mauricio Pochettino believes his Tottenham side have what it takes to overcome the mental hurdle of ending a poor run at Arsenal.
Spurs go to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking for their first win there since 2010 and just a second since way back in 1993 – before the Arsene Wenger era.
They do so having already shrugged off one hoodoo this season by winning at Manchester United for the first time under Pochettino, whose side are in excellent form.
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have what it takes to end their dire run at Arsenal
Spurs dominated Chelsea last weekend and then kept their Champions League hopes alive in midweek with a 1-0 win over Inter Milan.
And Pochettino insists his players believe they can win in the backyard of their biggest rivals.
‘I think the mentality so far is so good,’ he said. ‘I think now it is about delivering the job. We have the belief which is most important in football.
‘The belief and faith that you can beat any team away from home or at home and I think today the squad have that belief and that is most important.
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‘Then the performance can be good or not so good. Then you have some luck or not in different games, but with the right mentality all is possible.
‘It’s special, a special game. Always it’s tough to play this kind of game because it means more than other games. We know very well what this game means for our fans.
LAST 5 LONDON DERBY RESULTS AT ARSENAL
(Premier League games only)
November 2017: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
November 2016: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
November 2015: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
September 2014: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
September 2013: Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham
‘Of course the players feel that. The players are aware of what the game means. We have a lot of players who through the academy arrive in the first team. They know very well what it means to play Arsenal.’
Pochettino appears likely to make some changes to his side given their congested fixture list, which sees them play nine games in 30 days.
He added: ‘We are assessing them, maybe yes, maybe no. If we feel the player is going to take some risks then of course we are going to rest.
‘It is not important the name. If we believe we need to rest some players we are going to rest, we are not going to take a risk.
‘We are going to put in a player that we believe can cope with 90 minutes of effort.
‘We know you cannot 100 per cent avoid the risk on the player but we need to be sure the players that are going to play are ready to compete.’
Pochettino said: ‘We have the belief that we can win any game at home and away from home’