Alderweireld makes new Spurs stadium admission

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Dom Le Roy

Toby Alderweireld has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur are continuing to improve as a club despite suffering two cup exits in the space of four days.

Hopes of winning a first piece of silverware in nearly eleven years have taken a huge hit following the Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Chelsea, which was followed by yesterday’s lacklustre display in the FA Cup at Crystal Palace.

The Belgian defender has urged people not to underestimate the progress which Spurs have made considering the resources which have been made available to them.

Spurs are currently playing their second consecutive season at Wembley and Alderweireld admitted that he is looking forward to returning to N17 after describing the temporary move as difficult.

The club are yet to confirm when the new 62,062 seater stadium will officially open its doors, with all home matches up until the end of February already confirmed to be held at the national stadium. Watford are the visitors on Wednesday night as Spurs look to return to winning ways.

Tottenham recently took up an option to extend Alderweireld’s contract by a further twelve months.

He told Sky Sports: “We want to win trophies of course,”

“We don’t want to go out in the cup. If you see in the last couple of years how stable we have been to stay in the top four.

“It’s a big step we took as a team to be there and for the club it’s important to get Champions League football.

“For young players as well to get that stage… in the last two years we got to the next stage to the next round so it’s not like we’ve had a good season then a bad one.”

He added: “We’re stable, we’re up there and want to improve but don’t underestimate the things we’ve achieved up until now as well.

“It doesn’t mean that we’re unhappy or unsatisfied. We want to be first but we have to be realistic as well. We’ve seen where we’ve come from.

“We don’t make any excuses but with Wembley as well it’s been difficult, but we managed it quite well and we are looking forward to playing at White Hart Lane again.”

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  1. Toby seems to be promulgating this “linear improvement” joke that teams get better in a straight line over a number of years — and it’s looking like a plan over ten years so far and counting for Spurs. If this is so, how could Leicester possibly have beaten them in the league and then faded back to mid-table ever since? Why did Spurs capitulate to third that year too, in favour of Arsenal of all teams? Why did they come third last year after second the previous year? Even perennial runner-up Leeds Utd in the 1970s managed to win a few things and was acknowledged as a brilliant team. Spurs are perpetually inconsistent, and for a range of contributing reasons that everyone knows. Unless there is a concerted will to win each and every competition they enter — and there is nothing like this — they will continue to win nothing. Bill Nick’s 100th anniversary? What a sick disrespectful joke on him.

  2. Wait a minute everyone. Whilst i totally agree with all the comments made to a certain extent I do believe had we had a fully fit squad we would still be in both cup comps to be fair. Chelsey couldn’t do enough against our depleted squad on the pitch so had to rely on pens, which they were always going to win as they had all their first choice pen takers on the pitch. Palace got a lucky give for the first goal as it fell to wickham for a tap in and later a penalty. We played terrible but look at who wasn’t there for us. Obviously we haven’t got good enough subs for when our top players get injured and that’s our Achilles heel. Are we even going to get top players to play second fiddle or put up with not playing until needed to our top boys. That’s the dilemma. The answer of course is to get players equal or better to our best and gave the faith that a squad rotation policy will allow the manager to confidently put on players as good as what’s out there and pay the top wages to attract them. Unfortunately our chairman will not change the club policy on that and to a degree he’s right but to be able to consistently compete with the champagne spending super budget teamsit won’t work as we’ve seen. Here’s hoping that there is going to be extra revenue from the new stadium to invest in the team. Again though taking a look at arsenal’s model after their new stadium, it took years to invest in top players and they suffered as a result. Best guess for me, ten years sounds about right.


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