Toby Alderweireld has underlined the importance of pride as Tottenham Hotspur did not lose their focus despite dominating proceedings in their 4-0 win over Stoke City in the Premier League at the weekend.

Spurs, who headed into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Liverpool before the international break, took a 41st minute lead at the Bet365 Stadium through Heung- Min Son before the South Korean doubled his side’s advantage after the break.

Further goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put Tottenham 4-0 up by the 70th minute, but the visitors did not let complacency kick in for the remainder of the game as they maintained their iron-grip on the contest.

And Alderweireld, who insisted that pride did not let Spurs relax despite being in a commanding position against Stoke, thinks the emphatic result at the weekend will boost his side’s confidence for their Champions League opener against Monaco on Wednesday.

"That pride is important – even if you are up, you don’t relax, don’t lose focus because you take that into the next game”, the centre-back told the club’s official site.


“This performance and result now gives us that confidence for Monaco on Wednesday."

Tottenham, who are yet to lose in the Premier League this season, are currently fourth in the standings with eight points from four outings.