Premier League: Andre Villas-Boas confident of victory in North London derby
Andre Villas-Boas says Spurs have more than enough quality to beat Arsenal this weekend without Gareth Bale.
Last Updated: 01/09/13 3:28pm
Bale scored three times in four North London derby wins for Spurs but he will be absent on Sunday as he closes in on his move to Real Madrid.
Tottenham have fared well without Bale so far, winning all four of their opening matches - two in the Premier League, two in the Europa League - without conceding a goal.
That has left boss Villas-Boas confident of victory at Emirates Stadium.
"We have the quality to go there and win," he said. "I think we will set up to try to win the game and hopefully achieve the result we want."
Asked if Spurs would have to up their game to win on Sunday, Villas-Boas replied: "Yes. It is a different type of proposition on Sunday but it has special ingredients of a game that is unique in English football and full of emotion.
"Hopefully, if we set up properly, the match for sure will be a great game, because both teams want to play, want to win, want to attack, and hopefully it can be a present for the fans."