Former Tottenham player Jan Vertonghen said he would like to play against the North London side at some stage of the Champions League in the upcoming season.
Last season, Antonio Conte made many people believe in the club, and it paid off. The Italian specialist qualified for the Champions League from fourth place, and returned the London club to the elite tournament.
The Belgian player spoke to Spurs’ official website this week, where he has been called a modern legend of the London club.
The player has always been a fan favorite and spent a wonderful eight years at the club. Now the Belgian has expressed his desire to play against his former club in Europe’s most elite tournament.
Currently, the 35-year-old defends the colors of Portuguese Benfica. The defender expressed his opinion about playing against the former club.
“I just hope we can meet in the Champions League, that would be great, something special.
“I’ve played against all my former clubs, so it would be nice to play against Spurs. That would be something I’d look forward to.
“It’s another exciting start to the season, a lot to play for, so, good times! I feel good. The age is not really catching up with me, okay, maybe a bit! I feel good, I’m lucky to be able to play at the highest level in Europe.
“I hope I can play another couple of years, that’s definitely how I’m feeling, and we’ll see how it goes this season.”
The draw for the Champions League group stage took place yesterday, with the London club dropping to a relatively easy group. Tottenham were placed in Group D, where they were joined by Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon and Olympique Marseille.
However, Jan Vertonghen’s Benfica find themselves in a more difficult situation. They will play in Group H together with the grandees of European football – Italian Juventus and French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
To meet Tottenham, Benfica will have to beat one of these opponents, and it looks extremely unlikely, as the Portuguese will have to create a miracle to overcome the group stage.