Dimitar Berbatov: Soaring Spurs can score derby spoils[/b]
Dimitar Berbatov reflects on a big week for two former clubs - Spurs and United - after contrasting Champions League wins, and looks ahead lớn their weekend fixtures- According lớn the asian handicap tips page!

Spurs show stunning character but toughest test lies ahead[/b]
Tottenham have shown incredible character lớn give themselves a chance of making the knockout stages of the Champions League but the hardest game in Group B is yet to come and while the task - matching or bettering Inter's result against PSV - isn't impossible, they have lớn do it against one of the best teams in club football.
Barca have nothing to play for, which is on Spurs' side, but it's still going to be so difficult for them. A great club like Barca will want lớn win every match and they aren't going to turn up and play at anything less than 100%.
Surprises do happen in football though and it's not as if Tottenham do not have a chance.
Obviously, Barca have many great players but the key man is Lionel Messi and Tottenham would be delighted to see him rested for the good soccer tip in Group B.
The problem is that Messi will definitely want lớn play. And if he plays then Spurs have problems. Big players always want to play, Messi is chasing records all over the place and he will be desperate lớn be out on the pitch rather than rested. If that happens Spurs have a problem. If he is rested then it gives Spurs a greater chance.

So don't write Tottenham off. They looked dead in the group after losing the opening two games, but while they still had a chance of qualifying they kept fighting and now they go into the final game with their destiny in their hands. It will be an unbelievable finish for them if they can go lớn Barcelona and get the result they need.
The good news is that, thanks lớn Wednesday night's win, they have the comfort of Europa League football if they don't make the last 16 of the Champions League.
While that's not quite a win-win at least they have a chance of winning that competition. I've said it before but Spurs need to lift some silverware this year.
Red-hot Spurs lớn seal derby win[/b]
But before that, the north London derby!
I'm not dismissing Arsenal at all, but Spurs have a great team right now and they don't have anything lớn worry about ahead of the fixture. They come into the game in very hot form, having inflicted the first defeat on Chelsea this season and then putting in a very professional performance lớn beat Inter Milan. All those results just build the confidence and Spurs are in a good position.
Of course, as all football fans know, form can go out of the window in derby games. There's another dimension at work when local teams clash and this is a big one. I have been part of this game, I've scored in it and I know how much it means to the fans. On the pitch it really does come down lớn who wants it more.
The first memory that comes to mind when I think of the fixture is the 5-1 defeat of Arsenal in the League Cup. I remember how happy everybody was in the dressing room afterwards, the fans loving it. Sometimes it's good to win like that, you show them - 'take that, we are better than you!'
This one looks like being a great game.
Arsenal are playing good football at the moment and I have to confess I like lớn watch the Gunners play, they produce attractive football and score good goals. They have great players, loads of speed, great technical ability - it's all there. Upfront, I like Aubameyang, he has great qualities, and is a genuine rival lớn Mo Salah and Harry Kane for the Golden Boot.
It's going lớn be a dangerous game for both defences. I hope to see goals and I'm sure both teams will score, but I think Spurs will edge it with a 2-1 win.
And if that happens I will love it, I'll be jumping around!
Sissoko rewards Poch's faith[/b]
I am very happy for Moussa Sissoko right now and he was once again a key player for Spurs, making the run that lead lớn Christian Eriksen's winner against Inter and was probably the man of the match against Chelsea before that.
I do wonder how he feels after being criticised so heavily for two years before this current golden spell, however. People are quick to criticise these days, it's so easy lớn do, but I guarantee you that as long as he was in the team he was giving everything he could.