Villas-Boas has been left in no doubt as to the importance of the fixture.
"I have been getting it for the last two weeks, people have been speaking about it quite often - the staff, the fans and the chairman," the 35-year-old said.
"This is a game where passion is very high, it's a game that represents more than three points because of the history of north London derbies.
"The chairman keeps on mentioning it. I think it's normal.
"You really have to embrace it because it's part of the greater culture of the English game. You can't wear red at this training ground."