Tottenham ace tips 'Belgium-like' Spurs for Premier League tilt

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Jan Vertonghen has compared Tottenham's squad to Belgium's current crop of highly-rated stars.

Belgium strolled to qualification for the 2014 World Cup next summer and are tipped to shine in Brazil thanks to the emergence of a golden generation that includes Vertonghen and his Spurs team-mates Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli.

Spurs meanwhile added heavily to their squad over the summer, buying seven players worth more than £100 million as they look to challenge for trophies on four fronts.

The north London club strolled to a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, and had the luxury of leaving the likes of Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and £30 million signing Erik Lamela on the bench.

Vertonghen, who joined Tottenham from the Ajax in the summer of 2012, believes there are similarities between the two teams, and says that means Spurs have a squad strong enough to challenge for the Premier League title.

“We’ve got one of the strongest squads [at Spurs],” he told reporters. “You have teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, who have very strong squads, but I think our strength is our bench.

“It’s kind of the same as the national team with Belgium – we can bring players onto the pitch that are unbelievable. You can see that with our bench [at Spurs] too, and even the players that are not here.”

Tottenham are likely to use the full extent of their squad when the go up against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League tonight.

Andros Townsend, Paulinho and Kyle Walker have been rested, while Etienne Capoue, Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul are all out injured.

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