Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld says that those at the club are working harder than ever to improve while conceding that not playing at White Hart Lane is limiting their potential.
The Belgium international was linked with a move away from North London in the summer but eventually stayed and has so far played in all but one of Spurs’ Premier League fixtures this season.
Alderweireld remains a key part of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s defence despite the fact that his contract is due to expire in the summer.
Spurs have made a good start to their league campaign and lie fifth in the table following Monday night’s 1-0 reverse against Manchester City.
It is their best start to a Premier League season and they are also into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
However, they have taken just one point from three Champions League matches and this is one area in which Alderweireld must feel improvement is needed.
Having come close to success in recent years, most notably when finishing as Premier League runners-up to Chelsea in 2016/17, the Belgian wants the club to get over the finishing line and finally win a trophy.
“It is even more positive that they do not see it as a good start for Spurs,” Alderweireld told Sky Sports News, commenting on how the club’s expectations have been raised.
“That is the kind of level we have reached. We are never satisfied, we always try to improve, win every game and try to take that last step that everybody is talking about.
“It is not easy, we work hard, but it does not come by night.
“There is a lot of work that goes into it, but we try to develop our game and be better every time.”
Uncertainty and delays surrounding the new stadium have also contributed to an uneasy start to the season for Spurs fans.
But Alderweireld refuses to use that as an excuse for any dip in performance.
“We never used Wembley as an excuse and we will not do that now, but it has affected us.
“I am grateful to play at Wembley, it is a very historical place, but it is not the same feeling as White Hart Lane. There we had a special home feeling.
“But in that way, we did very well to be successful at Wembley.
“But I know the club is doing everything in their power to play as quickly as possible in our stadium.
“It is on the same spot as White Hart Lane, so that is going to be special and to play in that sort of stadium will be wonderful and give us a boost.”