Vertonghen insists Tottenham can achieve big things despite final defeat
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 June 2019
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The 32-year-old centre back reflected on Spurs' 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League final
Jan Vertonghen is confident Spurs can go on and achieve 'big things' despite losing on Saturday in the Champions League final to Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino's team were hoping to triumph in the tournament for the first time in Tottenham Hotspur history, but it wasn't to be.
Liverpool's 2-0 win handed them a sixth European Cup crown and the Lilywhites wait for silverware extends.
A lot of talk now is about if Pochettino will be given the funds to improve the squad and what comings and goings will occur this summer.
"We have a great team and hopefully everyone can stay together and we can achieve big things," Vertonghen said.
The Belgian impressed for Spurs against Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano and for most of the game, alongside Toby Alderweireld, kept Mo Salah and Mane quiet.
An early penalty awarded to the Reds made life tough for Tottenham with a handball given against Moussa Sissoko inside 22 seconds.
Salah made no mistake from the spot and while Spurs responded strongly, chances were few and far between in the first 45 in Madrid.
Dele Alli almost got a shot away, but Virgil Van Dijk got back to block and then James Milner drilled inches wide from a great position.
The game was opening up a lot more now and Heung-min Son nearly let fly inside the area and yet Van Dijk came across to thwart the danger.
More opportunities were created by Spurs and a header by Alli went over, before Son tested Allison and a follow up weak shot by substitute Lucas Moura was saved.
Christian Eriksen forced an excellent stop from the Brazil goalkeeper with five minutes left and then Liverpool struck the killer blow.
Spurs failed to clear a corner and Joel Matip passed into Divock Origi, who fired into the corner to make it 2-0 with 87 played.
Vertonghen added: "We'll take a lot of confidence. We did very well, it was very exciting and it was great to experience this, but we didn't come here as tourist; we wanted to win."
The 32-year-old concluded: "Today we live in disappointment and we'll see what happens this summer."