Jan Vertonghen hails win over Chelsea as one of his best with Tottenham

• Vertonghen believes 2-0 victory has sent powerful message to title rivals
• ‘It’s a good sign that we are progressing well’ says Belgian defender

Jan Vertonghen says Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night was “up there” with any result he has experienced during his four-and-a-half years in north London and one that has sent a powerful message to the other clubs in the Premier League’s top six.

The derby at White Hart Lane was the definition of a six-pointer for Tottenham and they knew that they could not afford to lose. Had they done so, they would have slipped 13 points behind the leaders, Chelsea, and their title hopes would surely have ended. As it is, they are now seven points adrift of them in third place, on a run of five consecutive wins and with their confidence soaring.

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