Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen reveals how Mauricio Pochettino has taken club to the brink of greatness

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has praised the impact of coach Mauricio Pochettino on the eve of the biggest night in the club's history. 

Spurs are closing in on their UEFA Champions League final showdown with Liverpool in Madrid, the first time the north Londoners have ever competed in the European Cup showpiece. 


And Vertonghen, 32, says Spurs would not have made it this far without the 'unbelievable' squad-building abilities of Pochettino, who has taken the club to new heights during his five-year reign. 

"Every player has been used in the Champions League and played his part," the Belgian told The Daily Telegraph.

"It’s been the craziest one ever and being at the end of that crazy campaign now is something unbelievable. We all played our parts and, hopefully, we can hold the trophy at the end of the game."

"Five years ago, he picked this club up and brought us to the level we are at now.

Vertonghen has been impressed with how the Argentine tactician has blended youth and experience to concoct a winning formula. Indeed, one of the most noticeable aspects of this Spurs side is its adaptability and comfort in playing a variety of different systems.

"He’s done some unbelievable work. We have a great group of players, lots of young guys from the academy, lots of English internationals and guys from abroad who have a proper connection with the club now. All the guys together, here for so long with the manager, it’s got us to this level."

Vertonghen, who joined Spurs from Ajax in 2012, insists he is not surprised by reaching the final given the depth of quality in the squad.

"The first two years I was here were Europa League nights but it’s what we’ve been working on. Maybe outside, they did not expect a Champions League final, and I can understand that. But I think we’ve got an unbelievable group of players. There’s so much quality. Quality-wise, for me, it’s not a surprise."

Pochettino has a fully-fit squad for Saturday's clash, with Harry Kane and Harry Winks having both declared themselves fit.