Poch prepares for tough derby

09 February 2018 03:47:40 GMTPlus11

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is preparing his players for a tough task when they play host to Arsenal in a North London derby on Saturday.

Spurs go into the Wembley showdown unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, but while the Gunners have not been as consistent recently, Pochettino is wary of a side strengthened by the recent arrivals of former Borussia Dortmund duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

He said at the pre-match press conference: "Arsenal will be tough to play, they have good quality, talented players and are one of the best teams in the league. It is the derby and that will be tough for both teams.

"I cannot say if they look stronger or not than they were since their new signings. We are focused on us, I don't care. The derby is special for everyone."

Spurs have won just once in their last six showdowns with the Gunners and were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, when Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez scored for the hosts.

Tottenham are priced at 1.95 to win at Wembley on Saturday and are 13.00 to claim a 2-0 victory, with striker Harry Kane 3.60 to score two or more goals in the game.

Meanwhile, Pochettino gave nothing away when asked if fit-again central defender Toby Alderweireld would feature, having lasted the full 90 minutes of the 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Newport County.

His blunt response to a question concerning the Belgium international was: "No decision."

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