By Will Butcher
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has claimed that qualification from the Champions League group stages is still very much within his side’s grasp.
The Belgian defender was in inspired form on Tuesday night against German giants Bayer Leverkusen, as Spurs kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.
Vertonghen, who partnered Eric Dier at the back, revealed on his personal Instagram account that he is optimistic after four points from three games.
Tottenham kept out their Group E rivals after a superb performance from their defence, which included a sublime point-blank save from captain Hugo Lloris.
The point could prove priceless come the end of the Champions League group stage, after losing to Monaco but picking up three points in Russia against CSKA Moscow.
Spurs are set to play host for just the second time in the continental competition this year, with Javier Hernandez and co. set to travel to Wembley on November 2.
A win could see Mauricio Pochettino’s side move to the top of Group E, if leaders Monaco drop points against CSKA Moscow.
Vertonghen is expected to continue his fine form against Bournemouth on Saturday, after helping keep six clean sheets in his 11 league and cup appearances this season.
A win against Eddie Howe’s Cherries could see Pochettino’s side go top of the Premier League, as they look to put last weekend’s draw against West Brom behind them.
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