Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes that his side are under immense pressure heading into the North London derby against Arsenal.

Spurs have endured an up and down campaign so far, with some good result having put them in contention for Champions League qualification despite the exit of Andre Villas-Boas before Christmas.

But with a number of thrashings at the hands of clubs above them in the table, Tim Sherwood’s men are currently thought of as outsiders to break into the top four.

A win against bitter rivals Arsenal will close the gap between the two clubs to just three points, but a defeat possesses the capability of potentially fatally damaging their push to get back into Europe’s top club competition.

Vertonghen knows that his team must pick after a shock midweek home loss to Benfica in the Europa League, but says that the entire squad are focused and motivated:

“It’s a derby so no reason not to be motivated. Everyone on the pitch will be motivated to win this game.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Every game gets bigger and bigger. If you keep on losing the next game gets more important. The North London derby is a massive game for us.

“We both need a win on Sunday. One team is going to end up very disappointed.

“We have to play better. We all want to do that. Some days we look very good. Other days we’re not good enough.

“At the moment we concede too many goals and we don’t score many.”

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