Vertonghen relishing tough fixtures

by Michelle Fortune , 06 March 2013

Jan Vertonghen is relishing Tottenham's tough run of fixtures and believes the rest of the squad are ready for a challenging week.

In the last two weeks Tottenham have drawn with Lyon to book their place in the last-16 of the Europa League and defeated West Ham and Arsenal to cement third place in the Premier League.

There is no let up, however, for Andre Villas-Boas' side as they prepare for the visit of Inter Milan to White Hart Lane before taking on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Then it is off to Italy for the second leg of the Europa League round of 16 tie.

It is a tough schedule for the Londoners but one Vertonghen is looking forward to.

“This is why we play football. It’s a tough week, a tough season, actually," Vertonghen told the club's website.

"We started the week well at West Ham and we needed the win against Arsenal. That was a fantastic and now we prepare for Inter. No doubt it’s a special time for the fans as well."

Tottenham warmed up for the visit of Inter by defeating Arsenal in Sunday's North London derby, a victory that saw the club open up a seven-point gap on their rivals.

While delighted with the result, Vertonghen was happier with the way in which Spurs worked together to prevent Arsenal taking anything from the game.

"I only arrived at the club six months ago but you can feel this is one of the most important games of the season," he said.

"It’s my first win in the North London derby, so I’m happy. We had a difficult 30 minutes but we stayed compact, stayed playing as a team and the goals were great for us.

"We said don’t concede an early goal in the second half like at United, but we’re a very strong team, we can play compact and we showed that again."

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