Jan Vertonghen annoyed by sloppy starts at home

Vertonghen annoyed by slow starts
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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen thinks that his side must find a way to improve their level of performance at home to avoid dropping important points.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has admitted that their poor form in the opening stages of games at White Hart Lane is a major concern.

Spurs were slow to get going against Chelsea on Saturday, conceding an early goal to Gary Cahill.

A second-half fightback was all in vain as a brace from Juan Mata saw the Blues leave north London with all three points.

Vertonghen thinks that Spurs let themselves down by failing to focus from the outset against their London rivals.

He told the Daily Mail: "At home we seem to play better in the second half than the first.

"We need to think about how to put two strong halves together and work out how to put a bit more pressure on teams from the start.

"Chelsea are a good team but I feel we should have done better."

The Belgian international has shown his versatility in his short time in the Premier League, playing in both central defence and at full-back since moving to Spurs from Ajax this summer.

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