Rafael issues Gunners taunt
Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has goaded Arsenal by insisting Tottenham are the bigger club.
Last Updated: 20/09/10 9:47am
Rafael van der Vaart has goaded Arsenal ahead of Tuesday's Carling Cup derby clash by insisting Tottenham are the bigger club.
New-boy Van der Vaart, who signed for Spurs from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, notched a penalty against Wolves on his home debut on Saturday.
And ahead of Tottenham's visit of the Gunners at White Hart Lane this week, the Dutch midfielder said: "Spurs are the bigger club."
Spurs thrashed their local rivals 5-1 in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final in 2008 and emerged as eventual winners.
And Van der Vaart is aware of the importance of Tuesday's showdown after being brought up to speed by Gunners striker and Holland team-mate Robin van Persie.
"Everybody has been talking about the Arsenal match all week," he added.
"Robin told me when we were together in the national team what a big game it is. I'm really looking forward to it."
Despite only joining Spurs last month, the Dutchman is already enjoying plying his trade in England.
"We are a team who love to play football," he said. "Although I have only been in England two weeks, I love it.
"The speed of the game is much higher than in Madrid. Teams like Wolves are really strong and run all the time. You don't get a break."
Van der Vaart also heaped praise on Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, and revealed the boss has his backing to succeed Fabio Capello as England head coach in two years' time.
"Harry Redknapp is a great man with a great personality," he added. "I think he could do the England job.
"He is different because in Holland, Germany and Spain you have a trainer. He is more like a manager, watching over the whole club."