Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier said he considered Chelsea as Tottenham Hotspur’s bigger rivals during his time at White Hart Lane compared to Arsenal.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the fiercest in the Premier League history.
However, apart from the bragging pride, the meetings between the two sides have never really had anything really at stake in the past few years.
Former Spurs defender who now plays for Atletico Madrid Trippier felt the same way.
When asked about how the North London derby compares to Madrid derby, Trippier said that for him and several other Spurs players, Arsenal were not their biggest rivals.
“Even when I was playing for Tottenham I felt, no disrespect to Arsenal, but I didn’t feel like it was our main derby. I felt it was Chelsea. I just felt like the emotion, probably,” he told The Beautiful Game Podcast.
“Don’t get me wrong Tottenham vs Arsenal is huge to the fans because it is what it is with them.
“As a player, for me and certainly for a few other players, the Chelsea game was a bigger game for them.”
Last season’s League Cup semifinals, the FA Cup semifinal in 2017, the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ where Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title hope in 2016; it’s not surprising if some Tottenham players have grown to dislike Chelsea even more than their North London rivals.
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