AVB: Emotion will decide derby outcome

Spurs boss believes his side must express the same desire they showed at West Ham if they want to beat Arsenal, believing that passion will determine the winner of Sunday's clash
Andre Villas-Boas has motivated his side to beat Arsenal on Sunday in the north London derby, with Tottenham looking to gain revenge for the last two such fixtures, which both resulted in 5-2 victories for Arsene Wenger's side.

The former Chelsea boss believes that emotion will play a big part in Sunday's result, when a victory for Spurs would extend their lead over their neighbours and fierce rivals to seven points in the Premier League standings.

“We have to play this game with lots of emotion,” Villas-Boas told reporters. “In the end it will be emotion that will decide the game, not any tactical preparation."

The Tottenham boss also looked back at his time with Chelsea, who sacked him after 40 games in charge. Now ahead of his 40th Spurs game, Villas-Boas hopes to extend his club's unbeaten run to 12 matches, with their last Premier League defeat dating back to the first week of December.

When asked if he is looking to get revenge on his former club for his abrupt dismissal, the one-time Europa League winner responded: “I don’t see it in that way. Obviously it will be excellent because it would mean we have qualified for the Champions League, but the fact we’ve achieved it as a club means much more to the fans.”

Villas-Boas is also hoping that the memory of missing out on the Champions League, despite finishing in fourth spot last season, will add to Tottenham's motivation to win the north London derby, insisting that such a bitter experience has helped to inspire greater performances this term.

He continued: “The Spurs players who felt that in their skin definitely take it as an example. They lived it and I think you’ve seen that it makes a difference in their performances. Everybody learns from experience. I feel like a different manager and a different person.”