Tonight’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge promises to be hugely intriguing, and one player in particular will be looking to make his mark.
Jan Vertonghen is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and arguably the best in the Tottenham squad, but it was the Belgium international who was key to Chelsea winning against their London rivals back in March of this year.
On March 8, Chelsea entertained Tottenham at the Bridge in the Premier League and won it 4-0. After a goalless first half, strikes from Samuel Eto’o, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba (two) saw the Blues register what eventually proved to be a pretty comfortable victory.
It was Vertonghen who ‘allowed’ Chelsea to break the deadlock in the 56th minute when he inadvertently slipped and played in Eto’o.
That opened the floodgates. Younes Kaboul was sent off just minutes later for bringing down Eto’o inside the Spurs penalty box and Hazard dispatched the spot-kick, and Ba scored twice in the final minutes of the encounter.
One wonders whether Tottenham would have been able to hold on and maybe even nick a win at the Bridge if Vertonghen has not slipped.
Tonight, the 27-year-old centre-back, who can play at left-back, will be keen to set things right. For Tottenham to win or even draw, they have to be defensively strong, and Vertonghen will be looking to make it so and redeem himself for last season’s howler.