Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has told the club’s website what he sees as one of the main benefits of the club’s post-season tour.
Tottenham played a Malaysian XI before a match against Sydney over the weekend and the Belgian has revealed that it’s been a week, which has been beneficial for the club in a number of ways.
He feels the main benefit is the way the team have become closer as a result, which is something that manager Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with.
“I’ve enjoyed Sydney a lot, it’s a beautiful city. We’ve had a great time here and it’s brilliant to see so many supporters. You don’t actually think about it when you play football that so many people around the world are watching you,” he said.
“The tour is also good for team bonding – we’re always with each in the team hotel and coming to different countries together is brilliant. It’s been a good week for the team.”
Tottenham ended the last Premier League season well, securing fifth place and confirming their position as the closest challengers to that important top four.
The matches now dry up for the next month and a half, but it’s important that the club can carry forward some momentum.
Had Tottenham gone away in post-season and played poorly with fractures in the squad evident, it would have been difficult for Pochettino to lift his players when everyone comes together for pre-season again.
However, the team will now return closer together and with plenty of positive energy which will hopefully lead to some good results in pre-season and a chance for the side to start the next Premier League campaign well.