'We defended well' - Toby on Reds stalemate
19 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Toby Alderweireld was happy to help us maintain the Premier League’s joint-best defensive record on Saturday, but admitted to feeling a sense of disappointment that we couldn’t take all three points against Liverpool.
The Belgian international once again teamed up with compatriot Jan Vertonghen at centre-half as we battled out a goalless draw with the Reds at White Hart Lane.
Divock Origi’s early near-miss for Liverpool was followed up by a handful of chances for us, as Clinton Njie, Harry Kane and Dele Alli all went close to breaking the deadlock.
The eventual clean sheet means we’ve only conceded seven goals in our nine league games so far in 2015-16 but, while understandably pleased with that statistic, Toby couldn’t help but regret our inability to turn a draw into a win against Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
“I think we defended very well,” he said. “Liverpool had one chance from a corner and that’s about it. Even when we were under a little bit of pressure we defended well.
“It’s not our first clean sheet of the season and we’re jointly on top of the defensive league so it means something, but unfortunately we couldn’t score.
“If you look at the first half especially, I feel if you have four or five chances like we did you have to score at least one or two and then you can defend for a clean sheet, so I’m disappointed that we didn’t win.”
Saturday saw a recall to the starting line-up for Mousa Dembele, who made his comeback as a second half substitute in the draw at Swansea a fortnight ago after getting injured in August’s goalless draw against Everton.
After a fantastic performance from the central midfielder to help keep Liverpool at bay, Toby added his voice to the chorus of praise for his fellow countryman and joined Jan in highlighting Mousa’s talents.
“I think he was very good defensively,” Toby added. “He was very strong and it was like he was never gone from the team.
“He’s worked very hard to be fit again after the game against Everton and I’m very happy for him. He played a very good game when we needed him.”