Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is in confident mood ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.
Spurs will head into the game against their North London rivals at Selhurst Park on a seven-game unbeaten run and will be favourites to pick up all three points.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s performance in recent weeks has been very encouraging, and the sensational 5-3 victory over Chelsea on New Year’s Day has certainly increased the players’ confidence.
Winning against Palace tomorrow will not be easy, especially they have a new manager, Alan Pardew, in charge.
One suspects that the Palace players will be determined to win against a top-four chasing team, but Vertonghen does not seem too threatened.
“They were very good at the Lane, very compact and disciplined and with good players up front, lots of qualities," the Belgium international told Tottenham’s official website.
"They’ve changed manager and they will do everything to win against us because it’s their first home game under their new manager.
"But we’re in good form ourselves and we need to remember that. Hopefully we’ll continue that on Saturday.”
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is also wary of Palace, but he is brimming with confidence.
"There is no easy game in the Premier League and no easy place either," said the Frenchman.
"Palace did well especially against the top teams at the start of the season, now they’ve changed their manager and the players will want to prove their value to the new manager.
"They have a good crowd as well and it’s a hard place to win but we are ready to do our best and continue our good form.”
The Tottenham players seem to take the right approach to the game against Palace. Although the Eagles are currently third from bottom in the Premier League table, they can certainly stage an upset tomorrow.
Vertonghen and Lloris both know that, but their self-confidence is really admirable. Little wonder that Tottenham have been doing so well in recent weeks…