Danny Mills has claimed it was “absolutely massive” that Tottenham did not lose their north London derby clash against Arsenal on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international says that the stakes were higher for the Lilywhites than they were for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, having already lost to Newcastle United in their last Premier League outing.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead at Arsenal but Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rescued a point with a 2-2 draw.
Mills says there was more than just three points and local pride riding on Sunday’s showdown for Tottenham and that avoiding defeat was the most important thing for them.
Mills told Football Insider: “It’s a north London derby – if Tottenham would have lost, it would have been massive, absolutely massive. That would have been them losing two games already this season.
“Liverpool lost once last year and came second. It was a must-not-lose for Spurs, the stakes were bigger for Tottenham than they were for Arsenal.”
The draw leaves Spurs sitting ninth in the Premier League table heading into the international break, two points and four placed behind their local rivals.
The Lilywhites’ next game sees them take on another London rival in the shape of Crystal Palace, before kicking off their Champions League campaign with a trip to Olympiacos.