Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen ‘struggling to count the number of games’ he has played

Jan Vertonghen admits that Tottenham Hotspur did not want an extra match following the side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has admitted that he is feeling the strains of the busy schedule.

Spurs have played seven competitive matches in 22 days and will feature in at least six more games between now and the end of the month.

Although the North London club have fared well over the festive period, picking up five wins and two draws, Vertonghen seems to suggest that he would like a break.

“I’m struggling to count the number of games I’ve played recently,” The Sun quotes the 27-year-old as saying. “We didn’t want another game but we have a big squad with players resting, so we can cope.”

Belgium international defender Vertonghen made the comments following Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday.

Failure to win at Turf Moor means that Spurs will have to feature in a replay at White Hart Lane next week. If Mauricio Pochettino’s side win it, then they will play a fourth-round tie later this month.

It is this period that often makes or breaks a team’s season, but so far Tottenham appear to have coped with the busy schedule well.

One can understand why Vertonghen did not want an extra game this month, but Spurs do have a squad big enough to accommodate for ‘tiredness’.

It will be interesting to see how Pochettino lines up his teams for the games in the coming weeks.

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