Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho locked the horns for the first time as the Spurs countered with a goal to win the North London derby 2-1 and keep their European dreams alive.
Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal 1-0 ahead with an astonishing goal, but Heung-min Son took advantage of Arsenal’s defensive error to tie the game – and Toby Alderweireld’s header won the Spurs a 2-1 victory.
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“I am really proud of our players, to play as we have played. I have never seen them before dominating the opponent and canceling them out as much as I saw him today. But we still gave them a goal and we conceded a set-piece and, at this level, you cannot do it. ”
“So we are happy because we have made the fans happy, we are happy because we are still in the fight for positions in the Europa League. I know Chelsea and Liverpool haven’t helped us at all, but it’s about us. We have to get the points, we lost important points, but now nine to fight. ”
“I think the match was close. Auba hit the post, we also had a fantastic shot to hit the post and a few chances. I think the game was more tactical than other things. To be honest, Mikel found a way for them to play and to be stable and to improve, they improve. We thought we should adapt slightly to them and I think we did it very well because how often do we see Bellerin and Tierney reaching the last third?
“I think we were controlled today, very dominant at this level. Even in the first half of the second half when they had more balls, they were more in our half but we were quite comfortable in this situation. Both midfielders did a great job, we found our chances and had a great spirit, worked very hard. ”
“The fans would be behind us and we know how to play this game, it would have been different. I think we wanted to prove certain points because in the press there was a lot of negativity about the team and today we showed that we had character and we wanted it.
“We’ve been defensive for three straight games now and our overall performance as well. We have maintained our position today. It was an incredible goal on their part, and then we fought. We got the three points today. It’s huge not only for the team, but for our confidence. We wanted to get the momentum and especially for the fans, they can’t watch in real life, only on TV, so it was for them. An incredible Sunday. ”
“It’s huge for us. We really wanted to win this game and it’s difficult without our fans, it’s a totally different atmosphere but I think we did our best, we fought.
“I think we were lucky to get the three points today with the goal. Against Bournemouth, we were a bit unlucky but I think I was lucky for 2-1. “
Be sure to stay with us as we bring you the full reaction of Tottenham’s derby victory over Arsenal.
Take advantage, Tottenham fans. Up to eighth place in the standings and at Arsenal’s expense too.
“Arsenal’s mistakes were important, but Jose Mourinho deserves credit for his game plan. “
Arsenal will curse their luck today after dominating for long periods of play. They slide to ninth, with Spurs moving over them in eighth.
90 + 4 minutes: Erik Lamela has been replacing Son for a few seconds. He certainly stepped in today when his team needed him.
90 + 3 minutes: Last roll of dice for Arsenal as Luiz tries to find Lacazette in the area, but the excellent Alderweireld stands out.
The Spurs seem very happy to run the clock now.
89 minutes: Saka shows a rare lack of composure as he slams the ball on the ground when he hits Sissoko. Yellow for him.
The South Korean is rather aiming and Luiz does well to put his body across. It wasn’t the right option – and will she come back to haunt them?
86 minutes: Bergwijn enters the book for a fault on Willock.
Mourinho sends Oliver Skipp for Lo Celso.
Martinez makes another save and Lo Celso shoots.
82 minutes: Mourinho surely set a record for the last first substitution in the era of the five submarines. Steven Bergwijn replaces Lucas.
GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal | Toby Alderweireld 81 ‘There it is!
Despite being under pressure for much of this second half, the Spurs weather the storm and Alderweireld returns home from Lucas’ corner.
What a huge goal could be for the Spurs in their season!
Lucas sends a superb pass to the middle and Kane is on target. But Martinez leaves his line to block it.
Coin aux Spurs.
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Reaction from Jose Mourinho
“I would love to play in the Europa League. It’s not a competition I’m in love with, it’s not a competition that I really like, but when you can’t play the Champions League, you play the Europa League. ”
“In my career, I have only played twice in the Europa League and I have won it twice. It would not be bad to play a third time and win it a third time. We have to fight to the end to finish in a place in the Europa League. .
“If you ask (six-time Formula 1 world champion) Lewis Hamilton if he wants to win Formula Two, I don’t think it will be much for him, but it’s a competition and I would rather play in the Europa League than not to play.
“I think it’s a title that Tottenham would obviously get. I think we should do our best to play in the Europa League next season and we have to fight for it. ”
Mikel Arteta’s reaction
“In terms of points, it’s a big blow because we know the results this weekend, but we will keep trying until we have no hope.
“It’s who we are.” We fight in two different ways, one in the league and won in the FA Cup. Let’s do our best and try to finish as hard as we can. ”
“I am disappointed and frustrated and very sorry for the boys because of the way they played and showed who we are.
“But you give the two goals that we gave, against these players, it is very difficult to win a derby.
“If we minimize the mistakes we make and keep playing like this, we will win many, many, many football matches because we will make things very difficult for the opponents. ”
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son
Submarines: Vertonghen, Lamela, Sessegnon, Gazzaniga, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, Tanganga
Arsenal XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Sous-marins: Papastathopoulos, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Nelson, Willock, Macey, Saka
Referee: Michael Oliver
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