Tottenham Hotspur managed to beat a rather broken Arsenal team and added more misery to what has been a horrible season for the Gunners this term. So the North London Derby saga at White Hart Lane has ended with Tottenham winning the game 2-0 on Sunday.
However, the focus now shifts to another derby game, this time against West Ham United. The London derby will help Spurs cut down Chelsea’s lead at the top at least temporarily.
The title race is going all the way down to the wire and the two-horse race is being headed by two of the best teams in London. West Ham, on the other hand, were involved in a relegation scramble few games back, but now seem to be safe from the drop.
The Hammers are 15th in the league, but are unbeaten in their last four and are seven points clear of the drop zone but, with three games left. Bilic is looking for one more win to ensure safety and is hoping for a repeat of last season’s 1-0 home victory against Tottenham.
Ahead of Friday’s Premier League clash between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has described Tottenham as the best team in the league. But he has also insisted that they will go into the game with a positive frame of mind.
Speaking ahead of the game, Bilic said:
“That game is always big, it’s a derby, and it can’t be just an ordinary game. Then, if you add to that that they need points to stay in the race and we need points to climb or to make us safe. We’re going to approach it in a very positive way, knowing we are playing, for me, against the best team in the league.”
“Hopefully, I’m going to enjoy it, but it’s going to be a very nervous game. We will have to be on top of our game. But we did it last year, beating them at home when they were also on fire and everything.”
Spurs have done remarkably well this season so far and the remaining fixtures are tricky and difficult as compared to Chelsea’s. But Tottenham don’t seem to be losing heart and their victory against Arsenal on Sunday was a sheer example of their grit and determination.
Let’s hope that it carries on into the London Derby as well.