Dejan Kulusevski reveals he is motivated by ‘revenge’ ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Manchester City… and admits Spurs ‘have not been good enough’ against top six teams
- Tottenham Hotspur will face Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday
- Kulusevski has called on his Spurs teammates to improve their game in big games
- Spurs lost a reverse game at City 4-2 last month after leading 2-0
Dejan Kulusevski is aiming for a big three points to kick-start Tottenham Hotspur’s season in their bid to secure Champions League football next season.
Spurs are currently in fifth place amid a disappointing season in which they are already four points behind Newcastle United, who currently sit in the top four.
The north London side can close that gap to just one point if they beat Manchester City on home soil at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Kulusevski joined Spurs on loan from Juventus a year ago in an 18-month move, and it was against City where he made an immediate impact last season, scoring in a memorable 3-2 win for Antonio Conte’s side in the Etihad Stadium.
The Sweden international has quickly become a fan favorite at the club and explained how the desire to show Juventus what they were missing by sending him on loan helped him succeed in England.
Dejan Kulusevski has revealed how revenge helped motivate him at Tottenham Hotspur
The attacker has been impressing since joining the club from Juventus a year ago on a rental basis
“It’s a little bit of everything,” he said. “The environment here is fantastic, all the guys are very good people, very easy to get into this group, fantastic people.
‘Then great staff. Italians, mostly, so I felt at home. I can always speak Italian with them, so it felt a bit like home. And then me of course, I had a lot of revenge in my head.
“That’s all I wanted, to show people what I could do, so I came here with, not asking too many questions, just doing exactly what they told me to do.” That’s what I did and that’s what I have to keep doing. And don’t forget where I came from.
“I haven’t played that much (for Juventus) in recent months. So there was a lot of anger and I didn’t like where my football was going, it was just revenge for that.”
Kulusevski scored in Tottenham’s reverse fixture with City last month but couldn’t prevent them slipping to a 4-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
It is the latest in a long run of Spurs’ poor results against so-called league rivals, beaten twice by Arsenal and simultaneously suffering defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool.
The 22-year-old admits it is a factor that needs to improve at the club.
He added: “We haven’t been good enough in all the big games this season. That’s why we’re fifth. These are the best games, but we have to start winning them, because the table shows that.
“And when you win this, you also get a lot of momentum and that’s what we need. These are the most important months of the season. So when it’s time to start pushing, it’s now. We’re just waiting for that big win.”
Spurs will be disabled heading into the game, however, as manager Antonio Conte underwent gallbladder surgery on Wednesday, ruling him out of the sidelines on Sunday.
“We have a lot of responsibilities to play for him. Even when he is not there, we must do what he taught us. If he’s not there and we win, he’ll be the happiest man on earth.’
Kulusevski has called on Spurs to improve their poor record against their Premier League rivals, who lost 4-2 to Manchester City last month after leading 2-0.
Spurs will be on the sidelines without manager Antonio Conte (left) for the clash with City