Ex-Spurs man highlights key difference between Tottenham stars; compares one to a Rolls Royce

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies celebrate after the match

Tottenham Hotspur have the meanest defence in the Premier League.

Tottenham's Toby AlderweireldTottenham's Toby Alderweireld

Former Spurs centre-back Alton Thelwell sat down for an exclusive interview with the club's official website, and raved about the partnership formed between Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, highlighting the individual qualities that they both bring to the side.

Tottenham currently sit in second position in the Premier League table, just four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, and their stubborn defence has been a major contributing factor behind their impressive campaign thus far.

The 22 goals that the Lilywhites have conceded in 32 games is the lowest tally in the league, and highlights the strength of the Belgian pair as a partnership.

And Thelwell, who spent a five year spell at White Hart Lane, discussed how the two centre-backs have been pivotal to Spurs' title push, during an exclusive interview with TottenhamHotspur.com:

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action with Burnley's Ashley BarnesTottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action 

“Both of them have been exceptional. They complement each other very well and literally they’re all-round quality defenders. They read the game well, they get on the ball and they play the Tottenham way. Vertonghen likes to pass the ball with elegance – he’s like the Rolls-Royce of defending. He gets on it with his left foot, he’s got excellent ability and the same goes for Toby as well. I’d say he’s probably a bit more tenacious than Vertonghen but overall they’ve got all the attributes that you want.”

With just six games remaining in the Premier League title race, the Tottenham players will feel confident in their chances of success, with the momentum firmly in their corner.

And if they do go on to win their first league title since 1961, Spurs fans will have their rock solid defence to thank for it.

Tottenham's Toby AlderweireldTottenham's Toby Alderweireld

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