Tottenham vs Arsenal: Spurs all smiles in training before north London derby

Tom Doyle
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If Tottenham are feeling any pressure before Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal, they aren't showing it in training.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are preparing to welcome Arsenal to White Hart Lane for the final time, with Tottenham confirming on Friday that they will make the temporary switch to Wembley next season ahead of moving to their new stadium for the 2018-19 campaign.

Tottenham's superb home record - dropping just four points at home all season and winning their previous 12 - makes them favourites to beat Arsenal on Sunday, while Spurs can also halt an altogether less impressive record in the process.

A win for Tottenham will ensure that 'St Totteringham's Day' - the date on which Spurs can no longer finish above Arsenal in the league - will not be celebrated by Gunners fans this season, with Spurs desperate to finish above their rivals for the first time since the 1994/95 season.

The Spurs squad looked relaxed in training on Friday, no doubt taking Pochettino's message to enjoy their football to heart.

The coach told club legends Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa in the build-up to the derby: "Our football idea is the same when you were a player or manager.

"The football you love to see and the football that you feel, we share.

"The last sentence I always say before we play is: 'Remember, enjoy. Enjoy the game.' That is most important, to feel free to play.

"We work a lot during the week to prepare for the game, that is true, but then it is to trust in yourself and trust in your team-mate and enjoy football.

"As when you were a child playing football, it was an emotion."

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