Jan Vertonghen discusses Tottenham’s upcoming game with Stoke City

Jan Vertonghen believes both Tottenham and Stoke are stronger than last season.

Speaking to London24, Tottenham defender Vertonghen has previewed the upcoming game with Stoke City, suggesting that both clubs are stronger than last season.

The Belgian defender said: “This week it’s all eyes on Stoke. They have a good team, they made some great signings and I think they’re stronger than last year – but I think we are as well so we have to do better than last year.”

Doing better than last year is a must for Spurs, especially if they truly intend on breaking into the top four this season.

Mark Hughes’ side did the double over the Lilywhites, winning 3-0 at the Britannia Stadium towards the end of the campaign, having beaten them 2-1 in North London before Christmas.

Although Stoke are a strong side, they are the kind of opponent who Tottenham should be defeating both times they face each other in a campaign.

Both teams will be heading into the game on the back of 1-0 losses, with Spurs falling down away at Manchester United, before the Potters lost at home to Liverpool. Both performances did not deserve a loss, and Vertonghen is correct to suggest that both sides are stronger.

Spurs are still fairly light across the attacking zones - although that could be solved this week with the arrival of Clinton N’Jie - but look much stronger defensively.

Stoke, on the other hand, just completed the record signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, and have built a strong attacking unit on top of their solidity.

It will be a tough game for Spurs, but is one they need to win, if they truly intend to move upwards and finally get back into the Champions League.

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