Tottenham assistant Cristian Stellini insists they’ll go into subsequent week’s north London derby with Arsenal in a “good moment” after Spurs made it back-to-back wins with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Portsmouth.
Harry Kane settled Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with a trademark end 5 minutes into the second half to maneuver inside one aim of Jimmy Greaves’ file tally of 266 for Spurs.
Per week on from being booed off after defeat to Aston Villa, the place chants had been aimed toward chairman Daniel Levy, spirits seem like lifted at Tottenham after the midweek thrashing of Crystal Palace was backed up with a snug cup success the place six of the beginning XI had been aged 23 or beneath.
Boss Antonio Conte additionally rested regulars Hugo Lloris, Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ivan Perisic and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and can hope injured trio Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison can function in Sunday’s derby.
“Yeah, I think we arrive in a good moment, in a good mood for this type of game,” Stellini mentioned of the upcoming go to of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
“It is really a huge game, a north London derby, so nothing to say. It is an important game and we have the team to play this type of game.”
Yves Bissouma is anticipated to be in competition to play in opposition to Arsenal after he pulled out of the Pompey conflict with an ankle difficulty.
Asked if the midfielder can be match to face the Gunners, Stellini insisted: “Yeah, absolutely.
“Bissouma has an ankle problem. He tried to push himself and we worked to have Bissouma on the pitch, but he was mature to say the truth and he was not 100 per cent.”
Skipp and Pape Sarr made up a youthful midfield in Bissouma’s absence however each produced stable shows with the latter constructing on an encouraging cameo off the bench at Palace.
Stellini added: “Skippy and Pape, they are so important in our rotation because last season and the start of this season we used Rodrigo and Pierre a lot and we need reliable players.
“Also if they’re young, it’s important that we give minutes and rotation and it’s a different choice.
“They were so good, they moved a lot, they move the ball and I think Pape Sarr, Skippy and (Bryan) Gil they were all so good.”
Dane Scarlett, one other proficient younger Tottenham participant, solely had a watching function on Saturday as a result of phrases of his mortgage at Portsmouth.
The ahead has struck 5 instances in 26 appearances this season and Pompey interim head coach Simon Bassey hopes he stays at Fratton Park.
“I think it has been a good loan, certainly for Dane and us also,” he mentioned.
“Obviously a young boy, but super talented. He is a brilliant kid, humble, hard-working, everything you look for in a top player. He will be a top player, I have no doubt about that.
“I see no reason that Tottenham want to call him back. And if they do, I am sure we will take Harry Kane off them instead.”