Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has underlined the fitness of the team to Spurs TV following the 2-1 win against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.
Once again Spurs left it late to pick up the three points at White Hart Lane, Christian Eriksen scoring the winner in the 88th minute.
It was not exactly a great performance from Tottenham, but they were arguably the better team and kept on pressing until the very end.
Belgium international Vertonghen has highlighted the importance of the players’ fitness to carry on running until the final minutes, and believes that Spurs deserved to win against Sunderland.
“We were the better team,” the 27-year-old told Spurs TV. “We did well today. The character and the fitness of the team is showing. We're looking very sharp. We have the belief that we can keep winning games even late on.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also underlined the importance of the players’ fitness and told Spurs TV: "We're happy with our fitness. We kept going right until the end.”
One cannot help but admire the Tottenham players’ determination and fitness to give their all until the very last seconds of a match.
The win against Sunderland was not the first time that Spurs have scored a late goal this season, and it probably will not be the last.
Scoring late winners is not ideal, but it shows that Spurs do not give up until the very end, and that the players retain their self-conviction.
Perhaps this self-conviction will prove crucial in Tottenham’s quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.