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Beating top-six rivals who outspend us is going to be so sweet, says Vertonghen

Date Posted,July 29, 2017

Jan Vertonghen has claimed he will just love it when Tottenham beat their big-spending rivals next season, writes Steve Bates in Nashville.

Defender Vertonghen reckons this season’s title race will be the most competitive the Premier League has ever seen, with spending levels through the roof and more big-name signings on the way to English football.

Chairman Daniel Levy has yet to open the chequebook – but Vertonghen is convinced Spurs already have an advantage with all the pressure piled on teams such as Manchester City, United and Chelsea to deliver the title after splashing the cash.

Champions Chelsea have broken their transfer record this summer for Alvaro Morata… (Image: Getty)
….Arsenal did the same to land Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette… (Image: Arsenal FC/Getty)
…Man City have signed FIVE players for £26m or more, including Spurs’ Kyle Walker… (Image: REUTERS)
…and Manchester United splurged £75million on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku… (Image: Man Utd/Getty)
…meanwhile, the only signing at Spurs has been a new contract for Kieran Trippier (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty)

“It will definitely be the most competitive it has ever been, but, with their spending, a lot of pressure comes on teams,” said Vertonghen.

“You’ve seen how much money has been spent and there’s still a month to go – it’s crazy. There are four or five teams who have to become champion now and that will put great pressure on them.

“That makes the Premier League the best league in the world to watch – and it’s a great thing to play in. And I’m happy everyone has strengthened their teams because that makes it so much better when you beat them.”

At 30, Belgian defender Vertonghen is one of the senior stars in a dressing room packed with young talent.

But he admits Tottenham are under pressure too after going close to the title last season.

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And he accepts their big challenge is to beat their rivals on the road after failing to win any of their away games against top-six opponents.

“We have got a lot of pressure on our team as well,” he said.

“We want to do better than second and better than second is something else. We had a great season and now we have to make sure we beat those top teams away from home like we did at White Hart Lane.

“We have a great team, a young team, we have improved a lot. This looks like a pre-season where we finally have everyone, or almost everyone, together. We’ve been working on things the managers wants and I think we’ve seen lots of improvements already.”

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