With Tottenham about to face Rennes in the Europa Conference League, there’s a lot of coverage about Spurs in France.
One of the big questions is which team will be put out, as there’s a big fixture against Chelsea coming up in the Premier League, and there is a feeling Nuno Espirito Santo could rotate quite considerably to ensure he has his stars fresh for the London clash.
That being said, he will also want to ensure his team walk away with three points, so a few of the regular starters could be in the first XI, and Ouest-France had a sit down with Johan Djourou, who spent many years at Arsenal, to talk about the English club.
Asked about the rivalry between the Gunners and Tottenham, he explained both sides look for the fixtures against each other when the calendar comes out, describing it as a ‘great historical rivalry’.
He continued: “What’s beautiful in both those clubs is that, for example, Tottenham fans have been there during complicated moments. Now, they have a stadium, interesting results and it’s a pride for them. They are missing titles still, but they’ve progressed a lot these past few years. They’ve even overtaken Arsenal in the Premier League. It’s not the same Tottenham from 10 years ago”.
The former Arsenal defender then commented on the whole Harry Kane situation, describing it as ‘not ideal’, but that despite the summer hiccups, their start has been rather good.
Furthermore, ‘if Kane decided to stay, it’s that he’s ready to take on this role as a leader’.
We’ll have to see what happens come the end of the season, but with three wins in their first four games in the Premier League, Nuno has a good base to keep going from, Crystal Palace result aside.