Vertonghen plays down the significance of Tottenham's next two games

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen says games against Arsenal and Liverpool aren't decisive for the club.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has played down the significance of the club’s next two Premier League games in the Tottenham Journal.

Tottenham host Arsenal in the North London derby this weekend before a match up against Liverpool.

It’s a two game spell, which could allow Tottenham to take a bit of control in the race for the top four or it could see them slide off the pace, creating a gap, which they need to chase down.

“I don’t want to say they will be decisive, but they will be very important for us,” said the Belgian.

“A home game against Arsenal is always something special and, against Liverpool, we haven’t done too well in the last couple of years but we have to go there and try to win.”

While there will be plenty of games left in the season for Tottenham to attack the top four after these matches, back-to-back wins would be significant for more reasons than just the points.

It would send out a message to the club’s rivals that they mean business in relation to the top four race, making them a slightly more intimidating proposition for the sides competing for Champions League football.

It would also be beneficial for Mauricio Pochettino from the point of view that it would improve the confidence of Tottenham’s squad.

While the dream is a top four finish, there could be one or two doubts over whether the side can achieve it.

By defeating one side currently in the competition and the side which nearly won the title last season, confidence and momentum will be hardened and the Spurs boss can use that to his team’s advantage.

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