Jose Mourinho admitted that Arsenal beat Spurs by signing Willian this summer because he could not compete with the wages Arsenal offered the Brazilian.
Mourinho and Willian have worked together at Stamford Bridge for several seasons. The reunion was going strong this summer Once it became clear that the winger would leave Chelsea.
Instead, Willian, 32, signed with Arsenal, striking a three-year deal valued at around £ 130,000 a week. The player suffered a slow start in life in the Emirates, Recognizing Mikel Arteta’s methods was difficult to learn.
However, he is still expected to play in the North London Derby on Sunday at Tottenham.
Mourinho knows what the player is all about and believes he can cause Spurs damage if they are not careful.
“We don’t have the money WillianMourinho said. “We cannot pay the wages they charge at Arsenal, so I did not want to waste our time because we cannot pay them.
“He is still dangerous, and he is still one of the best players in the Premier League.
Aside from that, he is a good friend. I have nothing to hide regarding this. We are in touch, we keep in touch, and we relate to each other.
“We wish good things to each other. He is my friend and of course he is a very good player.”
Mourinho says the feeling at Tottenham before this derby compared to the July meeting is very different.
When Toby Alderworld headed in the 81st minute in a 2-1 win over Arsenal during the summer, the two teams were in the middle of the table.
This time, Tottenham leads the Premier League and has been unbeaten in the division since opening day.
“It is a little different because we want points and not just like them. We want to win against Arsenal because beating Arsenal is the only good thing we can do for our fans.”
“It happened last season when we faced Arsenal in the final part of the season. It was about beating Arsenal to give something good, to have a good feeling.
“At this moment, we are also looking at the table and we are in good shape. We are fighting for positions at the top of the table.
But we never forget the fact that there are historic competitions and what that means for the fans.
“Even for people who were not born in Tottenham, and many of us are in this situation, when you get to the club you understand the culture. You learn the culture and share the values with the fans.”
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Harry Kane knows better what this match means than most players who have advanced at Tottenham Academy. After a short stint with Arsenal originallyHe scored 10 times against Arsenal.
An unspecified injury left the striker excluded from Thursday’s 3-3 draw with Lusk.
But he is scheduled to return on Sunday And there’s positive news for Sergio Reguilon, too.
Mourinho said of Reguilon: “He had a little problem.” It was not present. It wasn’t as if I wanted to protect him. He had a problem but that’s the kind of problem I can say I expect him to play. “
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