Vertonghen eyes another 100 games for Spurs after reaching his century
PUBLISHED: 22:30 07 December 2014
Jan Vertonghen is eyeing another 100 appearances for Tottenham after reaching his century in Saturday’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.
The 27-year-old centre-back, who arrived from Ajax in the summer of 2012, has declined to sign a new contract but can see himself playing plenty more games for the Lilywhites and even reaching the 200 mark.
“They told me after the game that it was my 100th appearance,” said Vertonghen. “I’m very proud and I hope I can go on a run of a few good games. I’m very happy and I hope I can play plenty more.
“Can I see myself playing another 100 here? I think so, yes.”
Tottenham’s disappointing home form continued on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a Palace side who had the better chances and deserved to win.
That left Spurs 10th in the table and Vertonghen said: “We wanted to win, especially after a defeat [to Chelsea on Wednesday]. You always want to bounce back, and we were at home. It was a shame we couldn’t do that.
“Palace dropped and they defended very well. We tried to get in behind but we didn’t get behind their centre-backs enough and that’s because they defended well. They put on some good pressure and they have good wingers and a striker up front so it was always difficult for us.
“Of course it wasn’t good enough but I think the Premier League is getting stronger and tighter. Everyone thought Chelsea would cruise to the title but they lost as well.
“You have teams like West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle, Swansea – they’re up there now and they can compete with the bigger teams.”
Vertonghen added: “Our home form isn’t good enough. We tried to get back on track against Everton and we did, and it was a very important win.
“We tried to play the same way this weekend and it didn’t work. Palace defended a lot and we didn’t find a way to break them.
“I’m not concerned about the league position, it’s quite close. We’ve got a couple of games now where we need to get points. I’m not concerned but obviously we need to start winning again.”
There were boos at the final whistle again at the Lane as the frustrated Spurs fans voiced their anger at the fact that their side had narrowly avoided a fifth home defeat of the league campaign, against a Palace side who are battling relegation.
Vertonghen said: “We think we should be winning these games as well – and we tried to. But we just have to find a way to beat these teams. The fans want to win and I want to win so I understand it.”
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