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Jan Vertonghen has urged his Spurs teammates to up their game to ensure they win a silverware which their ‘work’ deserve.

Speaking ahead of their clash with Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the former Ajax defender, believes that one trophy will pave the way for others.

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to games like this and being in finals; Vertonghen said.

“I’ve been here a long time and this is definitely the best team I’ve played in at Tottenham.

“This team and club deserves a trophy for all the work we’ve put in and we hope Saturday can be the next step.”

“Everyone always says, ‘what do you need to win trophies?’ But when I won my first [at Ajax], the next couple followed at a very quick tempo.

“You just need that belief you can do it and then they will come. We’re full of confidence that we can.”

On the atmosphere of Wembley; Vertonghen added: “It’s definitely not a disadvantage [playing at Wembley].
We’re used to it now, just the atmosphere will be a bit different because United will bring more supporters than usual.

“But we feel very comfortable at Wembley, we’ve shown that over the last couple of months — not against City [Spurs lost 3-1 on Saturday] but before that we felt very comfortable.

“We have to approach the game like we do in the league. Games at Wembley, we want to dominate, we want to entertain the crowd, play in a very positive way and we have to play in a very entertaining way. We have to play like we do in the league.

“We did very well against Chelsea last year but conceded at the wrong moments, they brought on Diego Costa and Eden Hazard and changed the game.

Hopefully we can have the same game as at the beginning of this year when we beat United in a very positive way.”

The Belgium international is wary of the threat posed by his compatriot – Romelu Lukaku, and gives a clue on how best to stop the big Manchester United striker.

He said: “How do we stop him? Keep him out of the box. Definitely he’s a great striker.
“He’s done very well for United in his first season and we need to keep him away from our box.

“I don’t think we will speak beforehand but we’ll definitely speak on Saturday in a friendly way because we’re good together.”

Spurs’ last trophy was the 2008 League Cup when Juande Ramos was in charge.

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