Andre on the Blues
Andre Villas-Boas expects a special atmosphere when we take on Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Always one of big days on the calendar, Saturday's derby has that added spice with Andre facing his former club for the first time and the Blues sitting on top of the Premier League.
"Our stadium is a special place to play when the fans are behind the team," said Andre. "When that happens, it can make a difference.
"Emotions from the stands in the Premier League can be decisive, they can give you extra imputus in a game and if the fans put on a show, I’m sure the players will respond."
Chelsea are sitting pretty with six wins and a draw in seven matches so far.
"They’ve stabilised in terms of results and that’s important for any team, just like we have," said Andre.
"That gives you a little more confidence when you approach games. We expect to play a confident team, a team that has been getting results, even away from home, a draw at QPR is important, winning at Arsenal. So it’s a team that looks solid and strong.
"We hope we can continue where left off certainly in terms of performance against Villa - one of our best performances of the season so far."
It was pointed out that while Chelsea would be confident, so are we - nine games unbeaten in all competitions and four wins on the bounce in the Premier League.
"You can see the buzz around the training ground, how the players feel, how motivated they are to play in games of this dimension," added Andre.
"Every player wants to be involved when you play the league leaders and we will approach the game in this way. We understand it will be hard, but we will fight for it."