We face the third of three November London derbies in the Premier League when Chelsea come to White Hart Lane on Sunday, kick-off 12noon.
Not only does the game follow on from our 1-1 draw at Arsenal and 4-1 defeat of West Ham in recent weeks, but it comes just a fortnight after Christian’s Denmark suffered Euro 2016 play-off heartbreak against neighbours Sweden on the international scene – meaning the midfielder really has had his fair share of derbies lately!
Now firmly focused on club duties once again and buoyed by our back-to-back victories against the Hammers and Qarabag over the last few days, Christian is looking forward to taking on another fierce rival in the form of the Blues.
But he’s warned we mustn’t allow our fabulous 5-3 win over Jose Mourinho’s men on their last visit to the Lane back in January to cloud our judgment as we prepare to face a side currently 10 points behind us in the league standings.
“It’s been a month of derbies for me with Denmark v Sweden too!” smiled Christian. “Everybody likes to play in derbies, they are more intense than other games and it’s always nice to play in matches like that, but you always have to be wary of Chelsea – no matter what position they are in.
“They were in a good spot last time we played them at the Lane and we managed to beat them, so we’ll be looking for a similar result this time.
“Chelsea have quality all over the pitch – we know that and there’s nothing new about it. We have to make sure we don’t make any mistakes, keep ourselves in the game for as long as possible, keep it tight and then assert our own game plan.
“Everyone is really happy and going for it at the moment. We all have the confidence to play some good football and that’s what we want to do every time we play.”
Christian says the players are also fully aware of what performing well against our rivals means to our supporters.
“We know how much these London derbies mean to all of the fans and they mean a lot to us as well,” he added. “If we want to keep climbing up the table we need to get a good result and so we are looking forward to the match.
“It’s a fun game to play in and if we continue with the energy and intensity that we’ve shown in games recently then there’s no reason why we can’t get a positive result.”