It may be mind games, it may be a sign of how far Tottenham have come, but Toby Alderweireld has said that the North London derby is not the biggest game of the year.
We have a superb derby day coming up, with both the Merseyside and North London derbies being served up for our delight this afternoon.
For Spurs, the North London derby always seemed like the biggest game of the season, with Arsenal consistently finishing above their neighbours in the Premier League.
However, in recent seasons, the balance of power has seemingly shifted away from the Emirates, with Spurs now being regulars in the Champions League, while Arsenal have not dined at Europe’s top table in the last two years.
As the two North London sides prepare to do battle once again this afternoon, Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld doesn’t think that that it is the biggest game in the Spurs calendar.
“It’s a very big game but so was Inter on Wednesday and so was Chelsea last Saturday,” Toby Alderweireld told the Observer.
“That says something about the evolution of Spurs. The derby is not the biggest game of the year, although it’s a very big game and we know this. We’re going to do everything we can to get three points.”
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