Vertonghen refutes that Spurs have gone stale after making so much progress

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have come on leaps and bounds since Mauricio Pochettino took over, and even more so since Jan Vertonghen joined the club.

Jan is now in his eighth season with the Lilywhites and has been a major part of the development under multiple managers during his time at White Hart Lane.

Vertonghen was reminded in the press conference today that when he first joined, Spurs were playing in the Europa League, compared to their Champions League Final earlier this year.

Pochettino, in particular, has transformed Spurs from a Europa League team dreaming of regular Champions League football to honest contenders for the biggest title a club can achieve.

The Belgian centre-back does not believe that Spurs have gone stale after a tricky start to the 2019/20 season, but has labelled Bayern Munich as favourites for the upcoming tie.

Spurs take on Bayern at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow night as they look to improve upon their away draw to Olympiacos in match week one.

Jan said (Football London): “The mood at this point is good. It was a good win for us on Saturday. If you go down to 10 men and they score 1-1, then we fought and really stuck together. We wanted to show who we are. If you see after the final whistle how happy we are. That’s how we are.

“I don’t agree [that it has gone stale]. We improved every year. Last year we went to the Champions League final. Some new players came in and that keeps it fresh. I don’t see that it’s stale at all. I see plenty of joy in the dressing room. Everyone enjoys playing here.

“We’ve come a long way and we shouldn’t forget that. Now I’m getting questions about reaching a Champions League final rather than the Europa group you’ve just mentioned when I joined. We want more and we’re still very hungry.

“We got to the final so we want to reach there again. They [Bayern] are more favourites than us but we know what we can do.”

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