Jose Mourinho: I know how important north London derby is for all Tottenham fans

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Jose Mourinho: I know how important north London derby is for all Tottenham fans

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho claims he absolutely knows how huge certain rivalries are and he is well aware what will be at stake when his team meet Arsenal in the north London derby this Sunday. Mourinho, who took over as Tottenham manager in November after the team parted ways with Mauricio Pocchetino, hasn't enjoyed a particularly great first season as his team sits on the 10th place of the Premier League standings.

But Tottenham still have a chance of qualifying for European competitions next year and beating Arsenal wouldn't only be a huge win since it's a big rivalry -- it would also boost their chances of playing in Europe next season.

"When I am in a club, I like to be one of them and I like to feel what my people feel," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "It's a new feeling for me when I move from club to club, but I learn that feeling very, very fast.

I would say that the moment I put my foot in a club for the first time, I learn it automatically. "So yes, I am one of them. In this case, one of us, which is Tottenham people. What is important for the fans is important for me."

Mourinho has been in this situation before

"When I go to a derby as Inter manager, I know what it means for them. When I go as Real Madrid manager, I know what it means for them. And when I go as Tottenham manager, I know what it means for them," Mourinho claimed.

"They can count on me to have exactly the same feelings, the same desire and the same passion that they have. When you are a player or a coach of a certain team, it cannot just be a job for you. You must have a sense of duty and a responsibility towards the people who love your club.

"For me, my club, my passion, my love, is the club where I am. In this moment, if you ask me if I know how important it is for Tottenham fans to look at their biggest rivals, then of course I know it and of course I share it."

When Tottenham and Arsenal met earlier this year -- while Tottenham was still led by Pochettino -- the two teams drew 2-2 at Emirates Stadium.