Havng only just returned to fitness, it’s been a strange couple of weeks for Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian defender is usually the calming defensive influence that Tottenham look to when things get tough and his ability on and off the ball when under pressure is sublime. However, after being uncharacteristically sent off last weekend, he returned yesterday and was back to his best.
— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) 8 December 2018
Vertobghen returned to partner up with Toby Alderweireld in front of Hugo Lloris and the Lilywhites loved it. Mauricio Pochettino left both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen out of his starting eleven ahead of their Champions League trip to Barcelona on Tuesday, and the makeshift Tottenham line-up led by Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Heung Min-Son fired their way to a 2-0 win, which the on-looking fans loved.
The next step for this Tottenham side is going to be a tough one. They travel to the Nou Camp to take on a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona, and they’ll be desperate to get a result against the Catalan giants as they need to match or better Inter Milan’s result against PSV if they’re to qualify. If Vertonghen can rock up and be on top form alongside his partner in crime, Alderweireld then they’ll have a chance. It will be a slim chance, but still a chance.
You can read the Lilywhites’ thoughts on Vertonghen’s display here:
Great performance Jan, back to normal service this week.
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) 8 December 2018
Good to have you back properly, Jan. You and the rest of our defence did well to keep a clean sheet. Looking forward to the Barcelona game now. COYS!
— Kenneth Pedersen Krey (@KennethPKrey) December 8, 2018
Proud of you guys today!
Tough place to go and get a result!
— Castle Rock Brit (@CastleRockBrit) December 9, 2018
— Jeremy Palmer (@JeremyPalmer7) December 8, 2018
Fantastic performance #COYS
— Danny Clark (@DannyClark1958) December 9, 2018
You were the one of the best today
— 정연우 (@0smtLWVKgJuvpCX) 8 December 2018
Now to look forward to Tuesday! #COYS
— 乇koω Ayensu 乇ssαħ (@EkowAyensu_Gh) 8 December 2018
Bigger one Tuesday . COYS
— Gabriel Holmes (@NATHANSSPURS) December 8, 2018
The Lilywhites expect big things from Vertonghen when he steps out onto the pitch and after delivering last night, the fans expect the same on Tuesday.