Jan Vertonghen explains what Tottenham must simply begin to realise

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Spurs will have a target on their back next season.

Speaking to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has suggested that his team-mates need to constantly find new and inventive ways to win games next season as the rest of the Premier League wises up to them.

Spurs will secure a historic feat if they avoid defeat in their end-of-season trip to relegated Newcaste United this afternoon, sealing second spot to finish above North London rivals Arsenal for the first time in 21 years.

That is symbolic of the power shift in London this season, with Mauricio Pochettino building a team capable of challenging for major honours, it turns out.

Two draws with West Brom and Chelsea saw them slip up in the Premier League title race, before a 2-1 defeat by Southampton last week plunged even their second-place finish into a degree of doubt.

Under Pochettino, the Lilywhites have gotten to where they are with a slick brand of fast-paced football, but Vertonghen believes that the Argentine's tactics will be under the microscope a lot more as rival managers try figure out how to beat him next term.

“Teams will approach us differently I think we have to realise this can be how they will approach us next season in every single game," he said to The Mirror.

"They realise we can challenge for those places. The top teams know and the rest know – I think that is a good sign. "

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