Vertonghen: Capital One Cup glory could be an invaluable spark for Spurs
12:00 30 October 2014
Lifting the Capital One Cup could be the key to unlocking Tottenham’s potential, giving them a winning mentality and providing the spark that takes the club on to bigger things, according to Jan Vertonghen.
And the Belgian defender is relishing the chance for revenge against Newcastle in the quarter-finals after Alan Pardew’s side embarrassed Spurs at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.
Second-half goals from substitute Erik Lamela and the in-form Harry Kane secured a 2-0 home win over Championship side Brighton in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup last night, sending Spurs into the last eight and setting up a home tie with the Magpies.
The Lilywhites cannot afford to get ahead of themselves. After all, they lost at home against West Ham in the quarter-finals last season and Newcastle followed Sunday’s 2-1 victory at the Lane by eliminating Manchester City last night.
However, with City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton out of the tournament, Vertonghen knows Tottenham have a real chance to reaching the Wembley final and lifting the trophy – which he feels would be a hugely important step for the club.
“Winning it would give you a bit of belief that we can do big things with the team and I think it would help us,” he said.
“At Ajax the problem was that, after six or seven years, we lost a bit of the belief of winning trophies. The first one there for me was the FA Cup of Holland and I think we won a couple of leagues in a row. You start believing in yourself that you are able to do it.
“We have got a lot of good players [at Tottenham]. Sometimes you just need a click and I hope we find it now – hopefully in the Capital One Cup. We are in the quarter-final and hopefully we can force something.
“We wanted a home game. Newcastle is a strong opponent but everyone is happy and we can get back at them for what happened at the weekend.
“You have Chelsea, Liverpool, us, Southampton and Newcastle [in the quarter-finals] so we play one of the Premier League teams now and hopefully we can go through. Chelsea and Liverpool both have away games [against Derby and Bournemouth] but obviously we have to look at ourselves.”
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