Tottenham drops next week to the Ghelamco Arena for the European clash against AA Gent. Sport/Voetbalmagazine went to Toby Alderweireld to find you in London and looked equally forward.
Next week, the Spurs to Ghent, in the framework of the Europe League. Perhaps still without Jan Vertonghen, out with an injury, but with Toby Alderweireld, according to Rio Ferdinand, the best defender in the Premier League’. The Acquisition is now in his second season with the Spurs, and like his first run on wheels. Alderweireld: “We are as a team to confirm, and my story is a little parallel. It went well at Southampton, but then it was still a season in the Premier League. That happened last year. That level can I hold, to my mind, it goes even better than last year, although it maybe a little less.”
What makes Tottenham so strong? “To begin, everyone is physically very fit,” explains the Red Devil. “Everyone is strong one against one, because it is not that we are a defensive team, with its hole-in-the sixteen depends. We pressen high, playing far forward, our backs are strong and fast. It is just a good block and very difficult to get through. We are even more difficult to play than last season. We may have different systems, our backs a bit lower, or with more freedom. In other matches has Mousa Dembélé freedom, or do we get Christian Eriksen a bit more on the ball. Eric Animal can have in a system with three in the back play or rollover into the society… It is difficult for an opponent to say: Tottenham play, and this is our answer. Now, that systems, is now 3-5-2 or 3-4-3, that is something for on paper. During the match, two meters vertically or horizontally of a very different football. Our advantage is: there is at the very core, not much has changed, so we know very well what the other can and what the trainer wants.”
In the Premier League, it runs good for Tottenham, that the first pursuer is of leader Chelsea. About the Champions Leaguecampagne is Alderweireld, however, not so pleased: “We are disappointed. This is also why it is important that we be there next year again. For many boys it was a first experience.” As the third in the CL group, Tottenham are now in the Europa League. In the eighth final against AA Gent. Know what Alderweireld, who is never in the JPL played soccer, of them? “I try to be the Belgian league as much as possible to follow, all I can here no matches. I think that football in Belgium, which is better than before and that Ghent is also a very good coach. For them it is perhaps a little bit the match of the year. Everyone asks us, Belgians, how AA Gent. A hard to play team, we say.” But the Spurs started as a favorite, that is clear, but also for Alderweireld: “I think we have every competition to win. That is not arrogance, that is the goal. If you are in this club, you have to have that.”
European home to play the Spurs at Wembley, which remains a special place, recognising also the defender of Tottenham: “The history alone. So many people in the stands is fantastic. Therefore, we are happy that they have the Europa League there also have been programmed, so that, for example, at Ghent, a lot of supporters the race will be able to see. Tottenham lives, there is the last two or three years a new wind by the club blow. We have a team of people happy to see it working. That is by the intensity with which we in it put, it’s exhilarating. Sometimes it is not enough and you get left behind, like against City, but then we show yet the character to fight back. Three or four years ago would have been the team that kind of matches might have lost.”
Read the full interview with Toby Alderweireld in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday, February 8, or in our +zone.