Spurs travel to the Emirates Stadium to face their local rivals on Saturday with just a point separating the two teams in the Premier League table and Villas-Boas has insisted that he knows how much the match means to everyone involved at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News: "People have been speaking about it quite often, between the staff and the chairman.
"You understand the importance of it. This is a game where passion is extremely high. It is a game which represents three points, but in the league it represents more than that in the history of North London derbies."