Jan Vertonghen backs Tottenham Hotspur to challenge for the Europa League title

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Tottenham Hotspur are determined to stake a claim for this season's UEFA Europa League title, according to defender Jan Vertonghen.

The Lily Whites have consistently qualified for the competition over the past few seasons, but have struggled to make a genuine challenge for the trophy, often dropping out in the knockout stages.

However, according to the Mirror, Vertonghen believes his side are ready to break the spell and emulate the class of 1984 by winning the Europa League title.


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Despite the heavy pressures of keeping key players fit for upcoming Premier League encounters, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino picked a surprisingly strong starting XI for his side's last group match against Monaco.

And Vertonghen, who was included in the line-up, believes it shows Tottenham are taking the competition seriously.

"Yes we are," he said. "I think in the past couple of years we didn't take our chance to win the Europa League and I think we had the possibilities [to do it] - especially the first year when we lost against Basel.

"We want to show that we can compete in Europe as well and I think we have the bench and the squad for that."

A good run in the competition could reap some decent rewards for Spurs, with the general belief that it's their best way to earn a place in the Champions League - a competition they've unsuccessfully tried to qualify for since their last campaign in 2010/11.

Spurs fans will hope their vice-captain's words can rub off on their performance against Belgian outfit Anderlecht, even despite a lengthy injury list which includes Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason, Nalib Bentaleb, Alex Pritchard and Son Heung-Min,

Vertonghen, however, believes his side can cope in their absence.

"We have a big squad, we have enough players who can play. We have a couple of injuries now but I think our squad is big enough to face the games," the Belgium international said, as per Sky Sports.

"It's been very busy the last couple of weeks, but that's what we want. We just want games to stay in the flow we are in now.

"I think we are doing very well and we want to keep it up in Europe and the Premier League. Hopefully we can win both games this week."

It has certainly been a hectic period for the White Hart Lane outfit and off the back of their impressive Premier League form, they'll be hoping to continue their momentum with three points against Anderlecht.

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