Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain, Jan Vertonghen, has insisted that his team can launch another bid for the title as they have learned from their mistakes from last season.
The Lilywhites opened the campaign with a one-all draw against Everton at Goodison Park. While Spurs will accept the result it was ultimately frustrating. In the first half they were sluggish and lacking any rhythm as Everton gained momentum after their early goal. Tottenham however turned the game around in the second half as Vincent Janssen replaced Eric Dier.
Dier partnered summer signing Victor Wanyama who took the spot of the suspended Mousa Dembele. The partnership ultimately wasn’t successful as Tottenham lacked any attacking momentum, which Dembele would usually supply. The substitution saw Tottenham look like the same team that came close to the title as they increased the tempo of play. Eventually Spurs equalised through an Erik Lamela header and even looked to push for a second.
Spurs can only improve
Vertonghen, who started the game, despite picking up an injury at the Euros, which ruled him out for three months, still believes, that despite their slow start Spurs can still challenge for the title.
The defender has insisted that his team can only improve from last season as they look to mount another title charge, despite the Premier League being more competitive. Vertonghen believes that last season was an experience that the team “learned a lot from” and that this season they are “physically stronger” and a “year older” which will also help them improve. He also praised Tottenham’s “two good signings” in Janssen and Wanyama, who he believes will “help the team”. However the vice-captain didn’t dismiss the difficulty of the challenge as he lauded Tottenham’s competitors for the title. He commented that the “big teams have made some great signings, changed managers and look very good”.