Ivan Perisic is now out for a long time, how disappointing was that bad injury?
Yeah, disappointing — firstly for Ivan more than anything else. One of those innocuous things that can happen sometimes. He got a pretty significant injury from training. Disappointed for him because, and I've only worked with him a short time, but you can see why he's played at some of the world's biggest clubs in the world and why he's maintained such a level of performance for so many years. He's the ultimate pro in the way that he trains and presents himself.
And it's disappointing for us because he's been a really important part of what we've done so far. We don't have a great experience in the group and he's one that does have that level head and he's been pretty significant in our games so far and in big moments. So like I said, disappointed for him and disappointed for us in terms of what we're trying to build. He's very strong willed and I've got no doubt he'll come back for club and country and get back to the levels he showed before he got injured.
Have you bumped into Spurs and Arsenal fans walking around who talk about the derby?
Fair to say people have given me an indication about how they feel about this game and that's great. I've been involved in derbies, one very significant one and you understand what it means to supporters for both clubs and the significance in terms of the general mood around the place. All these things add significance to the future and on top of that they are also a very, very good football side. They had an outstanding season last season, they've strengthened this year and they're a group that for the most part has grown together and you can see that there's a real belief within them. Playing at theirRead on football.london