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
“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.”