Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham '100 percent' focused upon League Cup

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen believes that success in the League Cup will give Tottenham Hotspur ‘belief’ to fight more silverware.

The Lilywhites secured their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament on Wednesday evening, with a 2-0 home victory over Championship strugglers Brighton enough to pick the club up after a surprising Premier League defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.

The club have failed to impress since the appointment of former Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, with just 11 points picked up in nine games, and the boss is currently on a worse run of form than that endured by Andre Villas-Boas just prior to his dismissal.

However, they are still in the quarter-finals of a cup tournament, and, despite being far from favourites with Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool all still involved, defender Jan Vertonghen is keen to see Spurs focus upon the trophy - with victory in the League Cup certain to brighten spirits in North London.

Quoted by the Standard, the Belgian international confirmed that he was fully focused on claiming the first piece of silverware available this season.

“One hundred per cent,” he responded, when asked how important the League Cup is to the North London club.

“It gives a bit of belief that we can do big things with the team and I think it would help us.

“We have a lot of good players but sometimes you just need it to click and I hope we find it now — in the Capital One Cup. We are in the quarter-finals and hopefully we can force something. When I was at Ajax, the club went through a period of not winning a trophy and you lose a bit of belief that you’re capable of it.

“But then we won the Dutch Cup in 2010 and after that we won the league twice in a row before I left. Ajax won it the following two years, too, so when you win one trophy, you start believing that you can do it again.”

The Tottenham faithful will be keen to see victory in the League Cup having the same impact upon their side as it did upon Ajax after their Dutch Cup victory in 2010 - with four consecutive Eredivise titles to their name in the years immediately following. Despite being far off the title race in the current season, if Pochettino does claim his first trophy in English football, it may just be the catalyst needed to kick-start Tottenham’s season and make them contenders for European qualification - something that they can build upon in future years.

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