Ex-Arsenal defender, Bacary Sagna has come out to say that he felt the hatred between the Gunners and Tottenham during North London derbies. Sagna recently revealed that it was all new to him because in France, rivalries were not that deep.
According to him, he really loved the discord between both football clubs, and he even looked forward to the North London derby because of that at some point.
He added that Arsenal vs Spurs will always be one of the best games of the year, and he hopes the game today won’t disappoint.
His words, “It was all new to me because in France we don’t really have that hate, apart from between Paris and Marseille, who I didn’t play for.”
“I remember Pat Rice came to me and punched my shoulder and said ‘You, it’s the derby this weekend, so you better be ready.’ I was like ‘Woah, okay then!”
“Even when I first got to the pitch for the warm-up, people were throwing things at us,”
“You could feel the hate and I liked it. ”
“I enjoyed my first game at White Hart Lane. We won in a nice way.”
“To me, it was always one of the best games of the year,”
“It’s a different way to get ready for the game, it’s a different mentality, different attitude”
“Any game you play should be at 100 per cent, but that game you want to play at 100% for yourself and for the fans because there is no better feeling than winning and seeing the fans going crazy at the end.”
“Fortunately, I won more than I lost against Tottenham so I have good memories – and I scored a nice goal against them as well.”
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