Oftentimes people look at the comradery in the dressing room at Tottenham Hotspur and focus on Dele Alli and Eric Dier. It’s true that the two young Englishmen are good friends, but there may be no two people closer at the club than Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele.
Jan and Mousa have known each other since they were 12-years-old, and sometimes seem inseparable. They have a unique chemistry with each other, and that chemistry is on display in this interview that was done by DUSE Magazine.
The two Belgians cover a wide-range of topics including the beginning of their friendship, life with Belgium, life with Tottenham, and how they would stop each other on the pitch.
One interesting anecdote was about Jan’s first goal for Ajax. He scored on a corner against AZ Alkmaar during which he was actually being marked by a young Mousa Dembele. This happened during a period when they were both living right across the street from each other in Amsterdam, so it’s safe to say that the two exchanged a lot of banter after that moment.
Dembele has a reputation for being unstoppable with the ball at his feet, and Jan certainly echoed that when the interviewer asked them how they would stop each other if they had to play against each other once again.
“Playing against Mousa is something very hard. And to be fair he used to be a striker, and I was a defender, so I played a couple games against him. It is very hard to stop him, but I’m not going to tell the trick. I don’t even have the key. That’s one of Mousa’s main qualities, is that he’s that strong on the ball. I can’t help you with this question.”
The full interview is worth a watch as it shares a unique insight into two of Tottenham Hotspur’s longest tenured players.