The German spoke about how much these games against the so-called ‘big six’ sides mean to the fans, and is eager to repay their faith in the team with a positive result when Mauricio Pochettino’s men come to town.
He said, “These games are always special for the fans. This is our third season in the Premier League, and we’re playing a big game at home where we’ll need our fans again.
“They’ve been fantastic both home and away. We’ve already had some good memories in the last two years and Saturday is our next chance to create another memory.”
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Gross dismissed suggestions that Tottenham’s midweek Champions League defeat will have any effect on Saturday’s game, and is backing Mauricio Pochettino’s side to bounce back from that disappointing result.
“This game has nothing to do with what will happen on Saturday. They were playing in the Champions League against a very good team, and it will be a completely different game against us compared to Bayern Munich.
“It can go one of two ways after a result like that. Your confidence may be low if you’ve been punished in such a way, or you may want the next game to come straight away and forget about the last one. It was a very bad night for them, but they will learn from it.”
The midfielder addressed Albion’s disappointing recent run of results, but highlighted the importance of not becoming too disheartened and believes the side will eventually get the rewards for their efforts.
“We’ve been unlucky because we’ve not only played well, but we’ve also created a lot of chances. We just need to be a bit more clinical to kill games off.
“We drew with Burnley because of a goal in the last second of the game. Against Newcastle we had a lot of chances and drew 0-0. We’ll keep going, and we’re not getting nervous.
“There’s no reason to panic with the way we’re playing, and it’s just about getting that last bit right to get three points.”