Alderweireld lauds Tottenham's defence - but is success all down to him?

The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back has praised the back four as a whole but is being modest not to big himself up more!

Toby Alderweireld has lauded Tottenham's back four and highlighted the impressive statistic that they are joint-best in the Premier League when it comes to goals conceded, according to the club's official website.

So far this season, the north London side have let in just seven goals - equal with Arsenal and better than everyone else.

And the Belgian centre-back is delighted with the way his team are defending.

Alderweireld told the Tottenham site: "I think we defended very well. Liverpool had one chance from a corner and that’s about it. Even when we were under a little bit of pressure we defended well.

"It’s not our first clean sheet of the season and we’re jointly on top of the defensive league so it means something but unfortunately we couldn’t score."

The key man behind the transformation is undoubtedly Alderweireld himself, however. The back four are certainly getting more protection from midfield, with Eric Dier doing brilliantly in the holding role and Mousa Dembele picking up the baton against Liverpool.

But the defence is predominantly the same. Kyle Walker has a mistake in him at right-back and Jan Vertonghen hasn't looked quite as sharp as his Belgian team-mate. The left-backs (Ben Davies and Danny Rose) are the same and so is Hugo Lloris in goal.

And yet, as a unit, the Tottenham defence is unrecognisable. It shows what an impact Alderweireld has had. He is light years ahead of Federico Fazio and more experienced than Dier, who currently looks a better midfielder than he did at centre-back (although he looked promising, if just a little less, there, too).

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