Tottenham ‘deserve’ Champions League football, declares Vertonghen
Defender Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham have already shown that they "deserve" to be in the Champions League next season
Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham have already shown that they “deserve” to be in the Champions League next season with their impressive form this term.
Andre Villas-Boas’s men leapfrogged Chelsea into third place in the Premier League table thanks to Monday’s Gareth Bale-inspired 3-2 win at West Ham.
Spurs head into Sunday’s clash against Arsenal at White Hart Lane knowing that a victory will stretch their lead over the Gunners to seven points with 10 games left to play.
And with a top-four finish in sight, Vertonghen insists that Villas-Boas’s side are ready to be tested in Europe’s elite club competition.
“We’ve had a great run. We have 11 matches left and every game is a final now,” Vertonghen told Tottenham’s website.
“We all know what happened last season. We are all determined to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League because we all believe this team is ready for it, and deserve it.”
Arsenal ran out 5-2 winners over Spurs at Emirates Stadium earlier this season after Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for the visitors.
However, Vertonghen insists that his side are not out for revenge after that defeat.
“I don’t know if it has to be a big revenge question,” he added.
“We want to win this game not just because of revenge, but because we want to beat Arsenal anyway, we want to stay in the third position and to keep the run going.”
Meanwhile, defender Michael Dawson is relishing the prospect of coming up against their top-four rivals on home turf.
“It’s another north London derby and one we all look forward to – players, fans, everyone involved, even neutrals,” said Dawson.
“We had a tough time at the Emirates, taking a 5-2 beating there is never nice, but we’re back at the Lane, we’re in a rich vein of form, everyone is full of confidence and it’s a game we’re all looking forward to.”