Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen said he couldn’t get the draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2016 off his mind as he said goodbye to Spurs.
The 33-year-old has played his last game as Spurs player after eight years of service.
In a farewell video, he spoke about some of the moments that has stayed with him after all this time.
He mentioned their win against Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in the Champions League, however, interestingly, he mentioned that one special game against Chelsea four years ago.
He told Tottenham’s official Twitter account: “Weird enough, the one game that has always stayed in mind is the Chelsea away game, where we drew actually and we lost the league (title race) there.
“That game, for me, was what the Premier League is.
“I came off the pitch very disappointed but I thought, ‘Wow, what a game this was’ — It was old-fashioned Premier League.
“Obviously we were rivals, they wanted to beat us and we had to beat them. It was a battle, that was I loved.
“I was really proud of the team at the time and the fight that we put in, although the 2-2 result wasn’t what we wanted.
“I remember sitting in a dressing room and I thought, ‘Yeah, this is the Premier League and this is unbelievable’.”
Tottenham were pushing for a league title along with Leicester City that season, and they were leading 2-0 at half time before Gary Cahill pulled one back for the Blues in the second half.
It turned worse for Spurs as Vertonghen’s compatriot Eden Hazard scored that famous goal that ended Spurs’ title hope.
Twelve players; nine for Spurs, three for Chelsea, were shown the yellow card in the heated London derby.
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