It’s a fierce rivalry but there seems to be little bitterness as Tottenham Hotspurs entertain Arsenal in the north London derby today.
Ahead the clash that could be crucial to the top four finish for both sides, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has paid tribute to his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, saying the Frenchman is the last of his kind.
“It’s difficult [to be like Wenger],” Pochettino he said. “For different reasons, it is tough. Maybe we are talking about one of the last managers to be able to apply this power over everything in a football club.
“The owners are different these days. Before, England was a little bit of a paradise for football.
“It was unique: there was respect for projects, for people, respect for managers, and even when I arrived at Southampton five years ago, it was still there.”
But Poch says he sees more similarities with how clubs on the continent operate these days.
“But now the owners are different. When English football started to integrate more with European football, England started to share the Latin culture more.
“And in the last few years, everything that has happened in the English game is similar to what would happen in another European country.”
Having said that, there’s bragging rights and Champions League football at stake when both sides lock horns later.
Wenger took the first shot with Arsenal’s clinical 2-0 win at the Emirates earlier in the season, and he’ll be hoping for a repeat act having reinforced in the January transfer window with the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
But of course, Spurs still have leading marksman Harry Kane.
We can’t wait…