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Mourinho: I have a duty to be as passionate about Spurs as any fan

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he knows what the North London derby means to fans.

Spurs meet Arsenal tomorrow for Mourinho's first derby as manager.

He said, "It is always a different feeling to go from club to club, but I learn that feeling very quickly. I venture to say that I learn it badly and I set foot in the new club.

"So, yes, I am one more of them. What's important for fans is also important for me. When I coached Inter, I knew what it meant for them. When I coached Real Madrid, I knew what it meant for them. Being coach of Tottenham I know what it means for them. They count on me to feel the same as they do, the same desire and the same passion that they have.

"When you coach a certain team, it can't be just a job for you. You have to have a sense of duty and a responsibility towards people who love your club. For me, my club, my passion and my love are the club where I am."

Mourinho added: "Right now, if you ask me if I know how important it is for Tottenham fans to defeat their biggest rivals, of course I do and of course I share it."

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