Van Dijk expecting tough Spurs test

Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk believes Spurs will still be a tough test despite their title heartbreak.

Virgil van Dijk is expecting a tough game at White Hart Lane on Sunday, as Southampton continue their push for a Europa League spot.

With just two games to go, Southampton still remain within touching distance of making it into next year’s Europa League, currently sitting 7th on 57 points, two points behind West Ham United above them. Should Crystal Palace not win the FA Cup, then 7th might be enough to send the Saints to the continent.

And despite Spurs seeing their title dreams crushed by Chelsea at a fiercely contested fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday, van Dijk is under no illusions over the challenge Southampton will face tomorrow.

Speaking to Southampton’s YouTube channel, van Dijk is well aware of the quality Spurs possess.

“They are a very good side with very good players of individual quality. They have had an amazing season.

“So it will be very tough. We are very good team as well, everybody has seen it this season. We were unlucky against them at home here.

“But Sunday is going to be another game, a difficult one, but we will be ready for it.”

Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic for a reported £13 million in September of last year, and has since become a vital cog in the Saints back four alongside Jose Fonte.

The Dutch international is expected to start against Tottenham tomorrow, with Koemann thought to be naming an unchanged team from the one that beat Manchester City 4-2 last weekend.

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