English Premiership

Pochettino aware of derby significance

2015-09-23 12:44
Mauricio Pochettino (Supplied)

London - The significance of Wednesday's third round League Cup contest against Arsenal is not lost on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs will be without Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele for the London derby.

"Mason, Bentaleb and Mousa are out but they are close to being back in the team," the former Southampton manager said of the injured trio ahead of the North London derby, one of the fiercest in English football.

In their 12 League Cup meetings, the Gunners prevailed six times and Tottenham won on three occasions, while the rest ended in a draw.

Pochettino, however, has never lost to Arsenal since his arrival last season, registering a draw and a win in their last two league meetings.

The last time Spurs won a trophy, they beat Arsenal 5-1 in the second leg of the 2007-08 League Cup semi-final, and ran out 6-2 winners on aggregate.

"When you play against Arsenal it's always an important game - a special game - whether you are playing in the FA Cup, League Cup or the Premier League," Pochettino told reporters.

"It's a derby for us and the supporters and for that we want to win," he said.


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