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Lucas Moura says he joined Tottenham to play in big games like Sunday’s London derby against Chelsea.

Spurs paid £25 million to sign Moura from Paris-Saint Germain in January.

The Brazilian has only featured sporadically so far with Mauricio Pochettino claiming he must adapt to Tottenham’s style of play before being handed more starts.

But the winger has already made an impression on many Spurs fans, scoring his first goal in the FA Cup against Rochdale and impressing in the quarter-final victory over Swansea City earlier this month.

Those games were important, but Sunday’s trip to Chelsea is a crucial contest in the race for a top four finish. And it’s a match Moura can’t wait for.

“It’s true, it’s a big game and I can’t wait for it. I’m excited to be around, to hopefully be involved and I believe firmly that we can win,” Moura told the club’s official website.

“I’ve been waiting for this kind of match. The Premier League is the best league in the world and I’m happy to be here and to hopefully be involved in a London derby like this.

“It’s a big, big match, I’m excited for it and this week we will all prepare very well for it.”

Tottenham can open up an eight-point gap on Chelsea with a win. However, Spurs haven’t taken maximum points from Stamford Bridge since 1990.

Harry Kane’s absence will make things doubly difficult, although Pochettino’s men have scored seven goals in two games without their talisman.

It will be interesting to see if Moura features from the start.

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