Vertonghen is desperate for his Tottenham team to build on their impressive 5-1 victory away to Bournemouth, and believes it is Spurs, and not Villa, who are under more pressure
The fact that Aston Villa have garnered more back pages than Tottenham Hotspur in the past couple of weeks, and the possibility that Tim Sherwood's successor at Villa Park, Remi Garde, will be watching his new team from the stands at White Hart Lane, does not interest Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
Instead, the Dutch defender, who has played in every one of Tottenham's league games this season alongside Belgian international team-mate Toby Alderweireld, has claimed that the pressure is all on Spurs.
Unheralded Tottenham came in for criticism for failing to bolster their attacking options during the summer transfer window and for relying too heavily on boy wonder Harry Kane, but Mauricio Pochettino's men have made a very solid start to the new campaign, and have not lost a domestic match since the opening game of the season, when they fell 1-0 to Manchester United.
Since then, Spurs have beaten teams including Crystal Palace and Manchester City, and ran out 5-1 winners against Bournemouth last weekend. Vertonghen is desperate to build on that performance, and that is why he believes it is his team who find themselves under more pressure.
“We have to win these home games,” Vertonghen told the Tottenham club website. ““We’ve had good away wins in the past but not followed up in the next game so we want to continue our run and continue playing positively. The pressure is on us.”
“Bournemouth was one of our best performances of the season and there is a very positive atmosphere here now, he added". "We want to stay in the flow and take it into the rest of the week against Anderlecht and Arsenal.”