“They are waiting for us, and we want to beat them,” said Mauricio, who relishes these occasions.
“Yes, I love to play with that pressure. I’m always very calm and that’s important, because the players must play and they need to feel strong, fresh and try to feel that we can beat West Ham.
“Of course, from the touchline, I enjoy it a lot and I am calm in watching the game, but the players need to run, to put in the effort, to play well and that’s always difficult, but we’ll be ready and focused, because this game means a lot for different reasons to Arsenal, and it’s important to get the three points.”
We go into the game knowing victory would reduce the gap to Chelsea to just one point at the top of the Premier League. It would also mean 10 league wins on the trot, quite an achievement.
Those facts will also drive West Ham, who beat us 1-0 in the last West Ham-Spurs derby at Upton Park last season.
“For me, that was a game at Upton Park that we lost, because we didn’t play well and now it’s a completely different game,” added Mauricio.
“Sure, it’s as tough, like every Premier League game it will be tough with different problems and it’s important the team are fresh and feel we’re ready to fight and compete.
“It’s just two weeks to the end of the season, four games and we need to give our best.
“Every game now is a cup final, a huge game. We’re trying to catch Chelsea, four points and we’re on a good run. We have to keep going, try to play better and win the three points to still be alive in the race for the title.”
Don't forget you can also read Mauricio's pre-match press conference notes HERE...