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Vertonghen ready to face world´s best

28 September 2012 20:33

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen admits his decision to move to the club was based on the prospect of facing the world's best strikers.

The Belgian defender, who was signed from Ajax in July, has started Tottenham's past four English Premier League games as Andre Villas-Boas' side sit in eighth place following victories over Reading and Queens Park Rangers.



"Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are two of the best strikers in the league and the reason I came to the Premier League was to play against people like them," Vertonghen told Sky Sports.



Tottenham face a trip to Manchester United on Saturday and Vertonghen is looking to end Spurs' 23-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford.



Vertonghen was on the losing side against Manchester United last season as Ajax suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the Europa League, but the 25-year-old insists a counter-attacking strategy could be the key to success on Saturday.



"We are strong enough to beat them. We have a good team, we've won the last two or three games now playing good football and everyone is hopeful of getting a good result at Old Trafford," Vertonghen said.



"When I played against them last year they beat us in the Amsterdam Arena 2-0 and I think they thought they could beat us at 60 percent.



"It was a good game at Old Trafford. We beat them in the last minute and that showed that with good counter-attacks you can win there."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
29 September 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
0 - 2
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75566

Goals

0 - 1
2' J. Evans (OG)
0 - 2
32' G. Bale
 (assist by M. Dembélé)
Nani 51'
(assist by W. Rooney) 
1 - 2
1 - 3
S. Kagawa 53'
(assist by R. van Persie) 
2 - 3

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10
19
14
1
8
23
31
# Player Bookings
22
6
20
25
27
31
38

Wednesday 23 April

14:48
14:12
14:03
13:33
13:28
13:18
13:02
12:58
12:15
11:35
11:28
11:23
10:51
10:40
10:36
10:14
10:10
09:49
08:48
08:37
06:28
06:21
06:18
06:16
04:45
04:42
03:42
03:42
03:39
02:23
01:17
01:17

Tuesday 22 April

23:56
23:40
23:19
23:18
22:45
22:07
21:30
21:21
20:51
19:21
19:19
18:58
18:21
18:21
18:14
17:48
17:38
17:25
17:13
17:02
16:58
16:43
16:31
16:21
16:12
15:39
15:32
15:16
14:28
14:05
13:40
13:15
13:12
13:05
12:48
12:38
12:14
12:07
11:21
11:12
11:04
10:45
10:34
10:16
09:54
09:34
09:22
06:45
06:44
06:44
06:18
04:45
04:41
04:11
02:51
01:13
01:11
01:09

Monday 21 April

23:55
23:55
23:51
23:37
22:59
21:51
21:27
20:44
20:28
20:22
20:07
19:40
18:51
18:14
18:07
17:58
17:08
16:39
16:13
15:42
15:08
14:29
14:22
13:51
13:50
11:43
11:36
11:21
10:58
10:33
10:03
09:36
09:21
08:55
08:44
07:30
07:09
06:06
05:33
04:55
03:42
03:30
02:54
02:51
02:05
01:44
01:36
00:04

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 35 +52 80
2 35 +41 75
3 34 +56 74
4 35 +21 70
5 35 +23 69
6 35 +2 63
7 34 +16 57
8 35 +5 49
9 35 -15 46
10 35 -10 44
11 35 -13 43
12 35 -10 37
13 35 -4 36
14 34 -9 36
15 34 -14 35
16 34 -13 33
17 35 -28 32
18 35 -34 30
19 35 -42 30
20 34 -24 29

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