Spurs star: Our ambition can backfire but we’ll still attack Chelsea
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 December 2014
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Jan Vertonghen believes Spurs have sometimes been punished for playing ambitious, attacking football against the Premier League’s top teams – but he is adamant they will still be seeking to beat Chelsea tomorrow.
The Lilywhites have suffered heavy defeats against Manchester City, Liverpool and Jose Mourinho’s Blues since their 6-0 defeat against the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium last November.
Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-0 at Stamford Bridge back in March, and they recently triumphed 3-0 in west London in December.
But, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side prepare to host the league leaders at White Hart Lane, Vertonghen
insists Spurs have no intention of playing for a point.
“There are a couple of clubs that are still a bit better than us and we try to challenge them in our own way, in the way we play the smaller teams as well,” said the Belgian.
“Sometimes you concede a lot of goals but we always try to play in our own way – that’s why we sometimes concede so many goals.
“Chelsea are a world-class team and it will be very hard for us here, but we’re going to try to beat them, the same as we did at the weekend [against Manchester United].”
Spurs were fortunate to reach half-time on level terms against United at the Lane on Sunday but were the more likely scorers in the closing stages.
“In the second half I think we were the better team and we tried to win, but eventually I think we have to be happy with one point,” said Vertonghen.
“You always remember the second half better, but I think Man U had more of the clear chances. It’s mixed feelings but at the end a point was a fair result.
“I think we looked fitter than them. They played the same XI as they did against Newcastle [in their previous game] so maybe that’s the difference, but we felt quite good.”
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