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City are the best, says Vertonghen

19 November 2013 13:15

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen feels Manchester City are the team to beat in the Premier League title race.

One of several sides bunched together at the top of the table, Tottenham currently sit seventh, five points behind leaders Arsenal and one ahead of City.

However, Vertonghen is not deceived by the relatively lowly position of Manuel Pellegrini's men and believes the 2011-12 champions remain the biggest threat.

"It's really crazy," he told Sky Sports News. "I think if we'd won against Newcastle (prior to the international break), we'd be joint second now - but we're seventh.

"City, I think, is the best team in the league. Arsenal are doing very well of course. But, especially in home games, City is the team to beat."

Tottenham’s next two league fixtures are against the Manchester clubs.

They visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday before hosting Manchester United the following weekend.

"It's unbelievable how we play City and United next," Vertonghen added.

"It's very hard this year. (Vincent) Kompany (Manchester City's captain and an international team-mate of Vertonghen) already said it will be the toughest league in years to finish top.

"We have to be at our best to finish in the top four."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
24 November 2013
Game week
12
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
6 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47228

Goals

1 - 0
Sandro (OG) 34'  
2 - 0
S. Agüero 41'
(assist by Jesús Navas) 
3 - 0
S. Agüero 50'
(assist by Y. Touré) 
4 - 0
Negredo 55'
(assist by Fernandinho) 
5 - 0
Jesús Navas 90'+2
(assist by J. Milner) 
6 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
30
26
22
5
33
8
42 45'
15 1' 90+2'
25
16 41' 50'
9 55'
Coach: M. Pellegrini
# Player Bookings
25
4
5 38'
20
2 45+1'
7
8
14
30 20' 34'
9
11
Coach: André Villas-Boas

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
6
14
7
1
2
10
60
# Player Bookings
10
19
22
6
17
18
24

Sunday 31 August

Saturday 30 August

23:42
23:26
23:19
23:16
23:06
22:57
22:51
22:51
22:33
22:23
22:02
21:39
21:21
21:19
21:17
21:02
20:55
20:42
20:41
20:41
20:34
20:15
20:14
20:14
20:13
19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
19:20
19:17
19:01
18:36
18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
16:30
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16:09
15:59
15:45
15:39
15:20
12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
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15:16
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13:29
13:11
12:59
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12:50
12:29
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11:37
11:35
11:10
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10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
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09:47
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09:40
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07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
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04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +7 9
2 3 +5 9
3 2 +5 6
4 3 +3 6
5 2 +1 4
6 3 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 -1 3
11 2 -1 3
12 3 -4 3
13 3 -1 2
14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2
16 3 -3 2
17 3 -3 2
18 2 -2 1
19 3 -3 1
20 3 -3 1

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