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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