Vertonghen reveals reason why Spurs beat Bournemouth


Jan Vertonghen felt Tottenham showed their character to come back from Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Juventus, particularly after also falling behind at Bournemouth.

Spurs were 1-0 down after just seven minutes following Junior Stanislas’ early opener, but a Dele Alli goal, Son Heung-min’s brace and Serge Aurier’s late strike turned the game in their favour as they bounced back from their midweek Champions League exit to move above Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish.

Next up in the league for Spurs is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, of whom Tottenham have a five-point advantage.

“I think it was the mentality,” Vertonghen told Sky Sports. “Wednesday was very hard and we almost played the same team.

“It was difficult at the start, they played very positively and offensively. We know we are very strong physically, today we had to show it mentally – definitely after being 1-0 down.”

Kane’s injury was the obvious note of concern for Spurs and Vertonghen said: “We have to wait (for news). Everyone knows he is a great player and if it is a serious injury we will miss him.

“But we showed today with Son, Erik (Lamela), Christian (Eriksen) – who I think had an unbelievable game – and so many others, they stepped up.”


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