Holtby ready for derby dates

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby is relishing the prospect of

two Premier League London derbies in the next seven days.

Spurs travel to West Ham on Monday night and then play host to

Arsenal on Sunday as they look to build on their record of one

defeat in 13 matches in the battle for a top-four Premier League

finish.

“It’s an important game for everyone, for the fans, for West

Ham, for us, sitting in fourth spot and trying reach third, it’s a

vital game,” Holtby told the club’s official website.

“I can’t wait and we’ve two massive games in a row now, West Ham

and Arsenal. It doesn’t get better than that. I’m already buzzing

for those games.”

Holtby was on the bench for the 1-1 draw in Lyon last Thursday,

which set up a last-16 Europa League tie with Inter Milan.

And the former Schalke man admits confidence is high among the

Tottenham squad at the moment.

“Everyone was so chuffed, delighted for all the hard work we put

in and I think we deserved it over the 90 minutes,” Holtby

added.

“It was great to see the lads so happy and we now go with a good

feeling to West Ham on Monday, another huge game.”