A handful of Spurs players are making a futile attempt to attract the attention away from Gareth Bale today and while few fans may read their comments, it’s nice to hear the views of those who will definitely be a part of the future of the club.

One of those men is Roberto Soldado who, after scoring four times in his first three games for Tottenham, is looking ahead to Sunday’s North London Derby and the opportunity to claim our first win at the Emirates for three seasons.

“My team-mates have already told me about playing Arsenal – it’s the most beautiful derby, the one with the biggest rivalry for Tottenham, I cannot wait to play in this environment and of course I hope we can get the three points. The new players all understand the importance of the derby,” Roberto said.

“There are rivalries in La Liga, just as there are here in the Premier League, but Tottenham against Arsenal is one of the most beautiful games for the club and everyone who has come in from outside will want to play in it.”

The striker also admitted that the pace of the game was much faster to what he was used to previously,

“Maybe the physical aspect of the game is the biggest difference from La Liga – the referees here allow much more contact and the games are a lot quicker. This is something that I have been taking in bit by bit,” Soldado continued in his interview with the Telegraph.

Before Sunday there is the matter of the return leg with Tbilisi and it’s conceivable that Roberto Soldado will be rested with the tie virtually in the bag.

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