Tottenham Hotspur supervisor, Jose Mourinho, has dismissed Mikel Arteta’s declare that they’ve an unfair benefit over Arsenal, forward of Sunday’s North London Derby.
The Gunners host Spurs with either side on the lookout for three factors to maintain alive their hopes of ending in a European qualification spot.
Earlier than then, in midweek, they play Europa League last-16 ties, with Spurs taking over Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal going through Olympiacos.
Each side had been drawn to play the away leg from dwelling first, nevertheless, UEFA guidelines present that two golf equipment from the identical metropolis should not permitted to play on the identical day.
In consequence, Spurs will now play Zagreb at dwelling on Thursday, whereas Arsenal faces a near-3,000 mile spherical journey to Greece.
Talking after the choice was made, Arteta who was clearly not completely satisfied, mentioned, “We will elevate our voices and we must always try this as a result of we wish to have two groups enjoying in equal circumstances. However the resolution has been made and that’s it.”
When requested in regards to the scenario on Wednesday, Mourinho didn’t have any sympathy for Arteta and pointed to a reverse scenario when the 2 sides confronted one another earlier within the season.
He mentioned: “On December sixth we performed Arsenal in our stadium. On December third they performed at dwelling towards Fast Vienna. On the similar time, we had been enjoying on the ice in Linz towards LASK with a late flight that landed again in London at 3am. Was that a bonus to Arsenal?”
Spurs gained the reverse fixture 2-0 final 12 months.