“I want to speak about each match as different because we can remember last year’s derby with some positives and less positive. I want to write a new derby, a new match and a new moment for us here. It’s a derby with our supporters at home and I want a special day with them.”

Is that the sort of intensity that you want to see this Sunday?

“Yes, intensity was very important. They are going to try and play with identity and need to impose our gameplan against them, knowing it’s going to be difficult. We need to look at our position defensively and offensively. Above all, we need to play each ball, each metre, each minute with that intensity. After, we need to be clever when we have the ball and are in good situations to make the difference against them. Also, I think it’s a very, very big challenge for us and it’s a very, very good moment, a good match and the possibility of winning against them on Sunday gives a chance for good success. We also remember that last year we finished behind them with only one point’s difference in 38 matches. We are going to play against the Champions League finalists and there are a lot of positives for us, for our supporters, to enjoy that match on Sunday.”

Is Rob Holding going to be available for the match on Sunday?

“He’s training with us and playing with U23s. He’s not 100 per cent for Sunday with us.”

You’re waiting to see?

“We are doing with him one way playing with U23s and training with us. We’re testing his performance each day with us and the U23s. He’s getting better. He can play one match but not with the intensity we want for Sunday for example.”

Will Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney be available after the international break?

“We have to be calm but also be demanding with their recovery because we need them. The international break will give us two weeks to test them better than before. Now my focus with the players who can play Sunday and prepare with them. After the match we will stop with different players and test how they can be closer to the team to start playing with us.”

Is Mesut Ozil going to be in your squad?

“This week he’s training well and progressing physically better and training with normal work for us. He’s going to be closer to us and available for Sunday I think.”

Will he still be here come Monday night?

“Yes, we finish here our transfer window and in Europe it’s going to finish on Monday. We cannot sign another player, but  we have some players the possibility to leave in next four days. The club is working. Some players know their situation. My focus and the team’s focus is on prepare the game for Sunday and we are concentrating on that.”

Mesut isn’t one of them?

“No, we are not speaking about the possibility for Mesut to leave.”

Monreal to your old club?

“Yes, he’s one possibility.”

On the diamond formation…

“I understand (the question). We won with the diamond last year, and we lost with it. We can win and we can lose with the diamond. The consequence of the result on Sunday was not the diamond, but really we are ready to play with different tactical decisions. Last year we worked and used different formations with good performances because the players here have worked on different systems. Also, they have the habit of playing in different systems. We are more rich tactically with different formations and tactics and can change in each match and each moment in the 90 mins. On Sunday we will decide the best possible system for us, thinking of our gameplan and to adapt for Tottenham.”

“Yes, but be calm. My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are. For example with Lacazette he had a problem with his ankle. This week is the best week of the last three weeks. He’s getting better and feeling better with his ankle, it’s very positive. With Pepe, he came here later than the others but he is getting and feeling better in each match. Aubameyang is very important for us, he scores two goals in the first two matches, he had two or three good actions in Liverpool. The most important thing for me is to have chances and after with players like Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Micki, Reiss, Ceballos and Mesut we can score with different players.”

Will they play together on Sunday?

“I think they can start together and they can play also during the match as all three, it depends how we decide our gameplan. But I am very optimistic for that situation, but not also those three players, also Nelson, Mkhitaryan, Willock, Ozil. We need to be able to make the best decisions, but above all, to have different possibilities with the players.”

Was the criticism of David Luiz last week justified?

“It is not easy for him, the adaption to us has been very quick, but I am very happy with him. His decision is very ambitious to come here and be with us, and he wants to help us. We can speak about some fault with one player or another player, but we can also talk about some good decisions and very good actions in each match from one player. And with him it’s the same. The penalty last Sunday, we cannot speak a lot about that, the action with Salah we cannot speak a lot about that. For example, for that penalty he has one yellow card so if he made a foul with Salah it’s the second. He was intelligent and we can speak about positive decisions and we can also speak about the goal. We are in our way and I like and want his mentality. I want his ambition. I want to transmit the ambition from him and me to other players. After we can be competitive.”

Is this a good time to play Tottenham?

“For us, to play matches like last week against Liverpool and this week against Tottenham, the two teams who playedthe final of the Champions League last year, is amazing. I think it’s the best test and every time is a good moment to play against them. Sunday, with our supporters, I think is the best moment to play and enjoy with our supporters in that match, that derby. After that is for the football. I think maybe that on Sunday, that match is the best match in the world for all football supporters.”

Would you bet on Arsenal if you were a betting man?

“No, because I cannot.”

Do you have any special plans to stop Harry Kane?

“Kane is a big and great player for them. But we also have very big and great players in our team. We are going to play with our game plan and also with respect to them, but also believing in our game plan and in our players and in our supporters, because they are going to help us. We need also to stop them, but thinking also that we have very good players to do that. Also, to show our best capacity and best performance on Sunday.”

What Tottenham player would you choose to be in your team?

“I am very, very happy with our players. Really, I respect them, I respect their coach, a very big coach and also they are doing a lot of things very positively with their players. But I trust and I want our players.”