Jan Vertonghen has urged his Tottenham Hotspur teammates to finish the season strongly ahead of some big fixtures domestically and in Europe.
Spurs got back to winning ways at the weekend, with the Belgian defender and Gareth Bale on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win at Swansea City.
The victory moves Tottenham Hotspur third in the Premier League table, and with a Europa League quarter-final first leg against Basle on the horizon, Vertonghen knows the players have to ‘finish it’ this season.
“We’re up there in third, we’re in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and we can be happy where we are, but now we have to finish it, to finish in the top four and go as far as possible in the Europa League,” he told the official Spurs website.
“We needed to get back on a run and Swansea away isn’t the easiest game, they made it tough for us but we won and we’re very happy.
“We’d lost three games in a row (including Inter) so there was some pressure at Swansea. It was difficult after international week but the lads did well and it was an important win for us.”
The next five matches will be crucial to Tottenham Hotspur’s season, with Basle twice, Everton (home), Chelsea (away) and Manchester City (home) sandwiched over a two-and-a-half week period in April.
If Spurs can maintain their form during that difficult spell, then matches against Wigan, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland represent an easier run-in for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
Only time will tell as to whether the White Hart Lane outfit can maintain their form on two fronts, but if they can, then Vertonghen will taste relative success in his first season with the club.