Jan Vertonghen hails ‘physically strong’ Tottenham after Arsenal draw
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen hails Spurs's fitness levels after derby stalemate
Jan Vertonghen has hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s fitness levels after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were the better side at The Emirates as England international Harry Kane gave the visitors a 32nd-minute lead.
However, Arsenal substitute Kieran Gibbs levelled the north London derby with 13 minutes remaining thanks to a close-range finish.
Tottenham remain unbeaten since the opening day of the Premier League season and remain in fifth place in the table, five points behind leaders Manchester City.
And Belgium international Vertonghen hailed “physically strong” Tottenham after their third game in six days.
“After leading for so long we feel like it is two points lost,” Vertonghen told Tottenham’s website.
“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.
“We’re certainly happy with the performance. 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.
“It’s been a very tough week but a very positive week with three good results and we are happy with how it went. Everyone has put a huge amount of effort in.”
Tottenham are unbeaten since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford in August.
Pochettino’s side welcome derby rivals West Ham United to White Hart Lane in their next Premier League fixture on 22 November.
Tottenham follow their Hammers game with a clash against defending champions Chelsea at The Lane.