Tottenham's Vertonghen on where Bentaleb matches Kane, key improvement

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Jan Vertonghen was speaking after Tottenham's win over Newcastle United.

Jan Vertonghen has been speaking after Tottenham's 4-0 win over Newcastle.

The club progressed to the Capital One Cup semi-finals where they will face Sheffield United, courtesy of the heavy win at White Hart Lane.

The scoring was opened by midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who netted his first ever goal for the club.

Teammate Vertonghen stated after the game that he was thrilled for the Algerian international, citing his commitment.

He said: "Nabil Bentaleb's first goal was great. I'm delighted for Nabil. He's one of the hardest workers in the squad.

"We did well. We wanted to go through. We started well and were focused at the back. Everyone worked hard."

Harry Kane has been hailed of late for his tireless running and battling in attack, covering 13 kilometres in the recent win over Swansea.

It prompted pundit Garth Crooks to remark that at times it looked like it was Kane versus Swansea, but Vertonghen's comments highlight that the philosophy under Mauricio Pochettino really values hard work, with players like Bentaleb who can match Kane with their commitment especially popular.

Vertonghen's comments about the team's strong start and solid focus at the back highlight a real turnaround upon the loss to Chelsea a few weeks back, where they conceded two goals early and committed crucial individual errors.

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