Jan Vertonghen has admitted Tottenham boast a major FA Cup advantage with the semi-finals being staged at Wembley.
We cruised into the last four of the competition for the second successive season by winning 3-0 at Swansea yesterday and we take on Manchester United or the winners of Wigan v Southampton and Leicester v Chelsea at our temporary home in the last four.
And Vertonghen believes: “It definitely helps us because we have played well there.
“We’ve beaten some big teams there and had some very good games, apart from the start of the season when it was a bit difficult for us.Juventus wasn’t great, but Wembley suits us and we’ve had a good season there. We really feel at home there.”
We made Wembley our temporary home at the start of the season while our 62,000-capacity ground being built and United have already complained about having to face them in the national stadium, however Belgium defender Vertonghen does not believe our cup rivals should moan about their Wembley advantage.
Vertonghen said: “Everyone agreed that we had to play at Wembley, so I don’t think teams would see it that way.At the beginning of the season everyone was talking about it [Spurs’ poor Wembley form] – after the Chelsea, Burnley and West Brom games.
He added: “There were a couple of games which we should have won and we didn’t.But after the Champions League games things turned around and we felt we could beat everyone there. I like playing at Wembley now.”
We swept aside Swansea in south Wales yesterday with Christian Eriksen netting a fine brace and
Vertonghen said: “Christian is a special player and when he drops into that role he is different class.
“He has taken his game to the next level and he’s up there with the best midfielders.”
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