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 in search of 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 dealing with Olympiacos.
Either side have been drawn to play the away leg from dwelling first, nevertheless, UEFA guidelines present that two golf equipment from the identical metropolis aren’t permitted to play on the identical day.
Because of this, 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 blissful, mentioned, “We will elevate our voices and we must always try this as a result of we need to have two groups taking part in in equal circumstances. However the choice has been made and that’s it.”
When requested in regards to the state of affairs on Wednesday, Mourinho didn’t have any sympathy for Arteta and pointed to a reverse state of affairs 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 identical time, we have been taking part in 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 received the reverse fixture 2-0 final 12 months.