Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham feel at home at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham feel at home at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham feel at home at Wembley

Martin Keown admits Arsenal aren't favourites to win the north London derby but warned Tottenham Hotspur that the Gunners are capable of embarrassing teams. Aaron Lennon slid one in on the hour mark to make it 4-0 for Tottenham after a slick attacking move.

Simulation has been a hot topic after Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli appeared to dive in the penalty area in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Liverpool last weekend.

With Toby Alderweireld back playing in midweek, Tottenham have no injury issues to worry about, according to Physioroom.com.

And he already found the back of the net against Spurs earlier this campaign - in the 2-1 Champions League defeat at the Signal Iduna Park, in which he opened the scoring.

Despite the 2-0 loss away at the Emirates in November, Spurs head into the North London derby this weekend as the favourites. Not just because of the historic rivalry between the two clubs, but due to their relative positions in the league.

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal: The Gunners have an excellent record at Wembley having won their last nine games at the national stadium but they haven't beaten Spurs away since 2014. That would give Arsenal a mountain to climb.

"The Arsenal game was not the goal, it was just to be back as quickly as possible".

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Spurs, having being comprehensively outplayed until that point, launched a remarkable comeback with a fine finish from Gareth Bale five minutes after the break. But he made it clear that returning in time for the Arsenal game was just pure coincidence and not planned. Arsenal will also continue to be without Santi Cazorla. Spurs have been far less consistent this season than last. He combined with another new boy, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who looks revitalised after leaving Manchester United.

But in recent games against West Ham, Southampton and Newport County in the first FA Cup tie of the two, Tottenham all too often looked disjointed and off the pace. The big sides make it easy for them to score because they play a more open game.

Sometimes, Spurs are capable of showing both sides of their personality in the same game. That's how they managed to beat Real, Dortmund, Liverpool and United. With confidence high, Pochettino must start Victor Wanyama.

Maybe it was a question of belief. For the North London derby, Pochettino needs to get his players into the right frame of mind from the start.

Not that this will be an easy game.

As we've seen this season, even with the introduction of VAR, it's been hard for officials and it does still come down to how a tackle or a tumble on the ground is interpreted by the official in question, with even multiple replays on TV getting different opinions. "It's key on Saturday to win the game, to be in the race for the top four". You need time to adapt to everything. They are the side with the talent. They trail runaway leaders City by 20 points.

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