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Toby keeping his feet on the ground

Posted on 1 December 2015  - 10:10

Toby Alderweireld is refusing to get carried away after Sunday’s draw with Chelsea saw us clock up our best-ever unbeaten run in the Premier League.

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Our stalemate with the Blues at White Hart Lane made it 13 consecutive domestic outings without defeat this season – one better than the 12-game stretch we enjoyed during the 2012-13 campaign.

Belgian international defender Toby has been ever-present during that run and was once again in fine form against Jose Mourinho’s men.

But he’s determined not to dwell on the stats, instead preferring to focus on how we can improve.

“The run says something about the team, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and continue to work hard,” he said.

“We now have a week to prepare for West Brom. The statistics say we’re going in the right direction but we have to work hard because we want to get better.

“We have a talented group and we want to improve, to play better and win these types of games.”

 


Toby was, of course, referring to our goalless draw with Chelsea, which came just 64 hours after our Europa League victory away to Qarabag.

The 26-year-old admitted it wasn’t easy to come back from that long-haul trip and take on the reigning champions, but he was nevertheless proud of the commitment shown by the team to ensure we took something from the game.

“It was a battle, especially after the long trip,” he said. “We put everything that we had into the game – in the first half we had a couple of chances that we might have scored from with a little more luck, unfortunately we didn’t, but we worked hard to keep a clean sheet so compliments to the team.

“At the end we were all feeling the tiredness a little more, that’s part of football and part of playing in Europe. We worked hard, though, and we were solid so that’s important for us.”