Tottenham’s busy schedule showed their impressive fitness, says Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen

Spurs played three games in six days before the international break and flourished, and Vertonghen says it is a compliment to them.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen says their gruelling schedule has helped highlight their physical strength this season.

Spurs faced a busy week before the international break, as they played three games in six games, starting with Aston Villa in the Premier League, before a Europa League game against Anderlecht and then the North London derby on Sunday.

The majority of sides would have faltered with such a gruelling set of games to get through, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side flourished, and Vertonghen says it is a great compliment to everyone in the squad how they handled the situation.

“We’re certainly happy with the performance,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.

“Three games in six days is very tough but I think we are fit enough to face these schedules, we are a very physically strong team and we showed that again. That’s a great compliment to everyone in the squad.”

Reflecting on the clash with Arsenal, Vertonghen says they are disappointed with the 1-1 draw and consider it two lost points for them.

Pochettino’s side put in a highly impressive performance at the Emirates as they pressed the home side and dominated the midfield, with Harry Kane’s opener more than deserved.

Arsenal rallied in the second half though and managed to secure a draw through Kieran Gibbs’ goal, and while disappointed, Vertonghen says they will take the draw.

“After leading for so long we feel like it is two points lost,” he added.

“We were on top for the majority of the game but Arsenal are a good team and they had some chances as well so I think we will take the draw.”

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