Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insists he’s ‘not wanting down’ at Arsenal forward of Sunday’s north London derby.
Spurs are seven factors above the 10th-placed Gunners after 27 video games as they give the impression of being to make a late push for a high 4 spot.
A win for Spurs would go an extended technique to making certain they end above their neighbours for a fifth successive yr.
However Mourinho insists he isn’t frightened about that, and has taken little discover of Arsenal as a result of they’re under them within the desk.
He stated: “I search for, I don’t look down.
“If Arsenal was seven factors forward of us, I might look to them. However as a result of we now have seven factors greater than them, I don’t look down.
“However on the identical time, we glance at all times to the following match. And if as an alternative of Arsenal it was Villa or Newcastle, the following matches we’re going to play, precisely the identical feeling.
“We really feel we’re higher than the place we now have within the desk and we wish to enhance our place so we want factors for that.
“It doesn’t matter the opponent, doesn’t matter if it’s a London derby – the truth is it’s the fourth in a row within the Premier League.
“It’s a Premier League match, three factors are there to combat for and that’s what we’re going to attempt to do.”
Mourinho has an extended historical past with Arsenal and had some memorable clashes with Arsene Wenger, whom he misplaced to simply twice in 19 matches.
However the 58-year-old holds Arsenal and Mikel Arteta in excessive regard.
He stated: “I wish to be respectful, I don’t wish to go in that route.
“I’m very proud to be at Tottenham, I’ve the sensation every single day that I work at an enormous membership. However despite the rivalry between us and Arsenal I wish to be respectful.
“Arsenal is an enormous membership with an enormous historical past, slightly bit like us they’re attempting to construct a greater future. I’ve complete respect for them.”
Mourinho is anticipating to have Harry Kane obtainable, regardless of the England captain being pictured with an ice pack on his knee throughout Thursday’s 2-Zero win over Dinamo Zagreb within the Europa League last-16.
And the previous Chelsea boss has had nothing however reward for Kane’s mentality.
He stated: “I’ve been fortunate sufficient to work with gamers with nice ambitions, it’s not doable to have a profession like mine with out gamers with ambition.
“He has that, little question he has that. Little doubt that after all he desires to win matches, rating objectives, win trophies.
“Completely dedicated with the membership, completely dedicated with the nationwide crew.
“He’s an excellent instance of a high skilled and a high participant. Generally high gamers usually are not at all times high professionals, and vice-versa. He’s a high participant, he’s a high skilled and he’s a terrific instance for everybody.”