Jan Vertonghen has told Tottenham Hotspur’s official site that he told his teammates that it was ‘unbelievable’ to be back playing again after making his comeback in Spurs’ match against Manchester United last weekend.
Vertonghen was surprisingly selected to start against the Red Devils, after recovering from an injury which has kept him out for much of 2016 so far.
The Belgian defender’s return could hardly have gone better, as he looked rock solid throughout and helped Spurs pick up a 3-0 win.
And he said: "I just said to the guys that it was an unbelievable day to come back into the team. I have to thank my team-mates. It was a great game.
“It was difficult in the first half, United had possession, not dangerous chances but they were very good in the first half. We told each other in the dressing room ‘let’s start differently in the second half’ and we did that.”
In Vertonghen’s absence Kevin Wimmer had filled in, and the Austrian defender had looked excellent.
However, Wimmer was dropped straight back to the substitutes’ bench after Vertonghen return, which showed the faith that Mauricio Pochettino has in the former Ajax man.
Vertonghen has played a key part as Spurs have kept the best defensive record of any Premier League side this season.
Tottenham’s win over United has reduced Leicester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points, but there are only five games remaining for the Lilywhites to breach that gap.