'It's good to be back' - SuperJan returns!
Thu 29 November 2018, 14:13|Tottenham Hotspur
Jan Vertonghen paid tribute to his team-mates after a successful return to action and crucial 1-0 win against Inter on Wednesday night.
The commanding centre-back stepped out for the first time since picking up a hamstring injury at Huddersfield on 29 September.
That ruled him out for 10 games in all competitions but it was business as usual alongside Toby Alderweireld at Wembley as Christian Eriksen's 80th-minute goal and a clean sheet kept our Champions League hopes alive.
The 1-0 win lifted us above Inter and qualification will now go to the final match of Group B when we travel to Barcelona and the Italians host PSV on 11 December. We need to match Inter's result to progress.
Another huge result means we're still alive in all four competitions with us also sitting third in the Premier League and in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with the FA Cup to follow in January.
It's also two out of two for this huge week with the first north London derby of the season to follow at the Emirates on Sunday (2.05pm).
“It’s been an unbelievable start to the week,” said Jan. “Credit to the guys and how we keep doing it. We keep putting great effort in, have a great mentality and have the individual quality to make the difference.
“This is a massive week for us with all the games coming up as well, but we want to keep playing in every single competition. We’re still in every one and we want to continue doing that. We have the group to cope with that.
“We have momentum. It’s not easy to keep that momentum after the international break but we’ve done that. The wins against Chelsea and Inter have definitely helped.
“It's important that we go to Arsenal with another win under our belts and we’re getting back to our best form now.”
What a test for Jan's return - in-form Inter, a must-win game for us and up against Argentinian dangerman Mauro Icardi.
Jan talked us through how he approached the game. “It’s always a bit of a difficult situation because obviously it’s a Champions League game, a big game, but you play a bit of your own game within in that game,” he explained.
“After a while you just focus on the normal things - your first one-v-one, your first tackle - and it worked. I think I had a good game and we kept a clean sheet.
“We created a couple of chances and after what happened in Milan (1-0 up before conceding two late goals) we had to keep that clean sheet. It was so important we did that. It’s good to be back.”