Vertonghen seeks consistency

Jan Vertonghen admits Tottenham need to start putting in

90-minute performances after seeing more points dropped.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side suffered a 4-2 derby defeat to capital

rivals Chelsea on Saturday, bringing a run of four straight wins to

an abrupt halt.

Spurs rather stumbled out of the blocks at White Hart Lane, with

the hosts fortunate to be only one goal down at the interval.

They improved after the break, but Vertonghen concedes that

there have now been too many occasions on which Tottenham have

allowed their standards to slip.

“At home we seem to play better in the second half than the

first,” he said.

“We need to think about how to put two strong halves together.

We need to work out how to put a bit more pressure on teams from

the start.

“They (Chelsea) were the best team I faced this year, but I knew

they would be. I knew their players before I came here and what

they are capable of.

“Chelsea are a good team but I feel we should have done


While Vertonghen, a summer signing from Ajax, admits Spurs have

areas they need to work on, he believes they are well-stocked at

centre-half, with the Belgian quick to pay tribute to the efforts

of veteran Frenchman William Gallas – who has been an ever-present

in the league so far this season.

“William is very experienced and with his experience he can be a

very good player for us,” said Vertonghen.

“He is our captain and an important player.

“He treats me like I am his little brother, so that’s why he is

a very good captain.

“He always wants the best for me, even though we are both

centre-backs. I really appreciate him.”