Jan Vertonghen shares why Tottenham were lucky to beat Newcastle

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018...

Tottenham Hotspur were too good in the end for Newcastle United yesterday.

Juventus' forward from Argentina Gonzalo Higuain (L) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first...

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen spoke to reporters after his side's hard fought win over Newcastle United yesterday, and admitted that they were lucky to leave St James' Park with all three points, as quoted by the club's official website.

Vertonghen, 31, played a key role for Mauricio Pochettino's side during their win against the Magpies yesterday.

 

Not only did the Belgian score their first goal, but he also produced what turned out to be a match-winning block, and he told reporters after the game how he and his teammates might have been a bit lucky to take all three points back to north London, as quoted by the club's official website:

"Yeh, you go a bit blind and you hope for some contact and I had it. I thought ok, and then everything was in slow motion. It hit the bar, and it fell the right way for us, so in the end, we were a bit lucky. They had some good chances, but we were sharp and responded well."

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between...

Tottenham failed to sign a single player during the summer transfer window, and many will feel as though yesterday's victory only served to paper over the cracks, and Pochettino's men will face much sterner tests between now and the end of the season.

The north London outfit have at least kept all of their best players, however, and with players like Vertonghen amongst their ranks, they just might shock a few people this season.

Jan Vertonghen of Spurs in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England.

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