Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

North London derby is bigger for Arsenal than Totenham, says Paul Merson

North London derby is bigger for Arsenal than Totenham, says Paul Merson

"I'm sure they always give their best and play to win every game they play".

Should Spurs beat Inter, however, a point would confirm the La Liga champions as Group B winners.

"Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe and they have unbelievable players", said Pochettino.

Instead, we kept playing our football and when Sissoko and Dele teed up Eriksen in the 80th minute, that patience was duly rewarded with a fine victor to keep our Champions League aspirations alive.

"Now we're going to finish [the group stage] and then we hope in March we can do a new list and include him in the list for the Champions League". To arrive in that way in Barcelona we need to manage and we need to rotate the squad. At the start we were winning games but maybe not with our best form.

A draw and victory against PSV revived Tottenham's prospects, showing the resilience that has Pochettino's side in third place in the Premier League only five points behind Manchester City.

"What Barcelona is going to do is not in our hands".

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Tottenham must still beat Barcelona on December 11 at the Camp Nou to make sure of advancing to the knockout phase.

"It's going to be very competitive but of course they're qualified in first with 13 points".

"As long as we do our job I think we will go through".

Pochettino's relief was clear as he looked to the heavens and pumped his fists, but Tottenham still have one last daunting hurdle to overcome in Barcelona before they can celebrate a last 16 berth.

Toby Alderweireld has said the north London derby is arguably the biggest in the world as Tottenham prepare to visit Arsenal on Sunday.

"I can not play with 13 players", he said. "The most important thing is to try to avoid risk, mix the team with different players and rotate so all players feel important".

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