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Harry Winks: ” This is more than a cup tie”

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Harry Winks says that Wednesday’s game against Arsenal is not just a Carabao Cup tie

Arsenal and Spurs are set to lock horns once again in the last eight of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night for the second north London derby of the season. Both the teams previously met in the Premier League on the 2nd of December when Arsenal came back from behind to win 4-2.

Both the north London giants have important Premier League fixtures coming up at the weekend and might rotate the squad to keep the players fresh. And Harry Winks might be on of the first name on Pochettino’s team sheet for the Carabao Cup game. The youngster has excelled in central midfield for the Lilywhites this season in the absence of Mousa Dembele.

Winks feels that mid-week fixture is not just a Carabao Cup tie but holds a lot of importance for Spurs.

“We need to set things straight because we didn’t perform to our best against them last time,” he said. “It’s a game we’ll all be fired up for and we really want to win. There’s a lot on it, not just for the fans but in terms of the competition.

“We approach every game the same, whether or not it’s Arsenal, whether or not it’s in the league or the cup. We want to be on the front foot, we want to dominate, but most importantly we have to be aggressive and match them physically. If we don’t do that then football can be difficult.

“As long as we do all those things and apply ourselves in the right way then there’s no reason we can’t come away with a win.

“We’ve had a lot of matches recently but a lot of good results so everyone’s very positive. The mood around the place is great so hopefully, we can carry that into Wednesday night. We know how much this means to everyone.”

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