But boss Mauricio Pochettino is certain his players will bring the same intensity to the North London derby, regardless of the Premier League leader's result.
"The players are so focused and our energy must try to be on giving our best."
"We need a win to keep fighting for the title," added Pochettino.
"I don't remember last season too much - we're focused on a completely different season and a new moment.
"The team have improved a lot from last season, we can feel that."