Jan Vertonghen delivers emphatic verdict on Tottenham fixture congestion
By Will Butcher
Jan Vertonghen has insisted that he is enjoying Tottenham’s hectic fixture schedule ahead of their Premier League clash against Bournemouth.
The Belgium international is set to play against the Cherries in what will be Spurs’ third game in six days, after drawing against West Brom and German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Vertonghen revealed that he would play five games a week if he had to and claimed he would find it unusual to play just once in seven days.
“I love it! I love playing – I’d play five games a week,” Vertonghen told the Daily Mail. “This is what we want and I would find it difficult to just play one game a week. Every footballer wants this.
“The Champions League is up there with the Premier League and every Champions League team we play would do well in the Premier League, so we’re constantly playing at the highest level. That keeps you focused.”
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Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently competing on three fronts. Spurs sit in third in the Premier League, second in Group E of their four-team Champions League group and face Liverpool in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Former Ajax defender Vertonghen played in both of the North London outfit’s encounters in the last week, and is likely to play against the Cherries on Saturday and Liverpool on Tuesday.
Spurs will be looking to avoid a Champions League hangover, with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in fine form after they demolished Hull City 6-1 last weekend.
A win for Pochettino’s side could see them go top if both Arsenal and Manchester City drop points.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has given his prediction ahead of Saturday’s clash between Spurs and Bournemouth.