Jan Vertonghen reveals Tottenham’s tactics v Crystal Palace
By Dominic Toner
Jan Vertonghen believes that Tottenham will not change their style for the match against Crystal Palace.
Spurs host Palace on Saturday in the Premier League and both sides are searching for their first wins of the season.
Spurs earned a 1-1 draw against Everton in the opening round of league fixtures, with midfielder Erik Lamela scoring a second-half equaliser.
Vertonghen, 29, has revealed how Mauricio Pochettino will set the side up in a similar style against Palace.
“The way the manager wants us to play, we approach every game in the same way,” Vertonghen told the club’s website. “We want to be the team that has the ball, that presses high and if Palace play one striker, two or three it doesn’t really matter to him or to us.
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“We’ve worked hard on that (system) for the last couple of seasons, this pre-season as well and we’ll play the same way we always do, to press high and try to be the team that dictates the game.”
Spurs finished third in 2015-16 after an end-of-season collapse but have made only two new senior signings in Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama.
Vertonghen returned from an injury he sustained with Belgium at Euro 2016 to play against Everton, lining up alongside fellow countryman Toby Alderweireld in the heart of defence.
The defender missed three months of the 2015-16 season after damaging his knee ligaments in January and, although Spurs coped well in his absence, Pochettino demonstrated his faith in the centre-back by immediately reinstating him in the team when fit.
In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino has revealed that two fringe players will start against Palace.