Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has said it is “easier to prepare” for a match against Arsenal than other opponents because of the “excitement and enjoyment” that is generated ahead of a derby game.
Arsenal won the first north London derby of the season earlier this month, coming from 2-1 down to win 4-2 at the Emirates in the Premier League.
The sides face each other at the Emirates again on Wednesday night with a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals up for grabs.
And Lloris thinks Spurs have the opportunity to get revenge on their fierce rivals after the poor league result.
“Maybe the good thing is, because we lost the Premier League game a few weeks ago, it’s even a little bit more motivation for us,” Lloris said (via ESPN).
“There’s no more bad feeling than when you get a defeat. You always try to analyse and make things we will not repeat again. It’s another opportunity, and we will do our best to go through.
“Every game that you lose it hurts, but especially when you lead 2-1 and you lose 4-2. It’s true that Arsenal are playing very well this season, and they’re a difficult team to beat, but I think we have the quality to do it.
“It’s important to take every game seriously, whatever the competition is. Of course there’s priority in the season, but it’s a League Cup game and if you go through there’s a semifinal and there’s a good chance.
“And it’s a derby, it’s Arsenal, so it’s easier to prepare because there’s always excitement and enjoyment to play that type of game.”
Since losing to the Gunners, Tottenham have beaten Southampton, Leicester and Burnley in the Premier League and drew against Barcelona at the Nou Camp to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run was ended by Southampton over the weekend, so Unai Emery’s side could be extra motivated to bounce back with another derby win.
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