Nuno on Arsenal-Spurs: ‘It’s not another game. It’s a special game’

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Nuno on Arsenal-Spurs: ‘It’s not another game. It’s a special game’

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo knows that this Sunday’s north London derby is not just “another game”.

aiming for a first Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium since 2010.

Neither Nuno’s team nor the Gunners are currently competing at a level they have in recent seasons, but the rivalry is a fierce one and it remains one of the biggest fixtures of the campaign.



“It’s not another game. It’s a special game,” Nuno said. “A special game for us, a special game for our fans. It’s going to be a tough match but no doubt, it’s a different game.

“I had many, many situations in derbies but this is a new one, a tough one and a good one, a special one for our fans. If it’s special for our fans, it’s very special for us.

“We expect a tough match and for us, we have to compete, we have to play and compete well. Give everything that we can and play good.

“Playing good is finding the right balance in our game. Improvements to be made but a lot of positives that we take from the previous games, so let’s keep on going.”

Spurs will have Lucas Moura back after he missed the last two games with a knock, but Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon remain out.

Bergwijn has been an important player in the opening month of the season, but Nuno does not know how long he will be sidelined for.

Asked if he had a timeframe for his return, Nuno said: “Not yet, not yet, not yet, not yet.

“I think I already explained, the injury he has is very painful, so first of all he has to settle down the pain. He’s not totally stopped, he’s doing some fitness, upper body. But we have to be careful with this injury. For now he’s not available.”

Spurs head to the Gunners on the back of successive 3-0 Premier League defeats, which have derailed what was an impressive start to the season.

A penalty shootout win in the Carabao Cup at Wolves on Wednesday helped stopped the rot and Nuno thinks there is more still to come.

“I think that we are improving. We are improving. We have a lot of problems and situations to improve and get better, because of mistakes that we made,” the Portuguese added.

“But the recent performance, in terms of our football, is getting much, much better. So I’m confident that we can get much better yet.”

 

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Leicester boss Rodgers ‘delighted’ to see Evans return

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Leicester boss Rodgers ‘delighted’ to see Evans return

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits Jonny Evans must be handled with care after his injury troubles.

The Northern Ireland international has been battling a foot problem for most of the year.

having managed just 74 minutes in total previously this term.



Evans could now make his first Premier League start since April against Burnley on Saturday but Rodgers knows he cannot be rushed.

He said: “It’s about managing Jonny. It’s his first 90 minutes since earlier in the year. It’s managing that process and seeing how the foot reacts.

“It’s a long season. I’m delighted he’s got the game time and in and, absolutely, when he is playing we are a better team.

“He gives great authority and assurance to the backline and the team overall because of his tactical ability and the way he plays the game.

“We’ll see if he can start and, if not, he will certainly be on the bench. We know we have other really important games ahead.”

Along with Evans, Ayoze Perez is available after serving a three-game ban after being sent off in the 4-1 defeat at West Ham last month. James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (broken leg) remain out for the Foxes.

Leicester lost 2-1 at Brighton on Sunday as they look for consistency in the Premier League, having also blown a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Napoli in the Europa League last week.

Rodgers added: “We are very focused on improving. I never get too high when we win or too low when we lose. We have a brilliant bunch of players and I know we want better results but it’s over the course of 38 games.

“In the second half against Brighton and against Millwall it was a lot more like us in terms of our spirit, some of our football and intensity. That’s the challenge, we have to repeat that and make that consistent.

“The players are human, they will make mistakes, I will make mistakes and we’ll do everything we can do to be better in our next game.”

 

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