Spurs need to ditch bridesmaid tag insists Vertonghen


Spurs have to stop being the bridesmaid and become the bride, according to the club’s trophy-hungry stalwart Jan Vertonghen.

We will go without silverware again this season after losing in the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United last week.

We face Watford in the Premier League at Wembley and the focus will now be on tying down a top-four finish and according to an article in The Mail Vertonghen thinks the club have missed a big opportunity this season.

“It was a massive disappointment”,’:Vertonghen said.

“It was a disappointment because this group feels we deserve to be in a final, to win a trophy, and it’s a shame we didn’t.We’ve shown in the Champions League how good we can be, especially against Real Madrid, and away from home against Borussia Dortmund”

Vertonghen added: “We’ve shown we can compete with everyone in the world. The case now is not to do it for one or two games, but to do it consistently for 10-11 months, and we’ll be up there”

Vertonghen has tasted silverware success with Ajax, he won two Dutch Eredivisie titles and the Belgian defender says his current side have to develop their own winning mentality, starting with a first trophy.

“The pressure there was massive”:Vertonghen says of Ajax. “In your head you had to be winning a trophy every year. It was even bigger pressure because you had to win.We hadn’t won for five years and then won a cup and then people started believing we could win the league and then we won the league. Then we won it again.”

He added: “It’s difficult to pin it but I feel if you win a trophy, and you have the confidence… you just need to win one trophy, you can win more trophies. That is my opinion. The hardest to win is the first one.”

At the 2018 World Cup this summer, England will of course face Belgium in Group G and It will see Vertonghen pitted against several club team-mates including Harry Kane. On facing his team mate Vertonghen said: “In the last couple of training sessions, I’ve played against him,’ he said.. ‘He’s a great player.There’s not one plan to stop him, but I know him a bit, and it’s a big challenge in every training session, so we have to be ready.

He added: “I always think it’s a bit more of an advantage for the defender. I believe so. But he knows my strengths and my weaknesses. Without sounding arrogant, I feel like I’ve had a very good season.”

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