Jan Vertonghen says Tottenham are ready for Southampton visit

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Jan Vertonghen insists Tottenham will be prepared for Southampton’s arrival in London on Saturday, after a tricky encounter on the south coast earlier in the season.

Spurs were cruising in that match, having established a 2-0 half-time lead, but a Jay Rodriguez goal set up a testing last few minutes in which the away side just held on.

Vertonghen told the official club website: “We had a difficult game there, we went 2-0 up but they scored early in the second half and it was tough.

“We know what to expect and everyone is ready for Saturday."

Andre Villas-Boas’ side remain in the hunt for a Champions League place, but desperately need a win to keep hopes alive.

Just three points currently separate Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs but the Gunners have played a game more than their city rivals.

“We have to be ready for another final on Saturday, like all games,” said Vertonghen. “They are all important now."

Indeed, with Southampton’s top-flight status virtually guaranteed – and their away form erratic – it might not be a bad time to play Saints.

But Vertonghen is adamant that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will provide a stern test and Tottenham will have to be at their best to beat them.

“They are a strong side, they want to play football and they’ve had some amazing results, especially at home,” he added.

Former Southampton academy graduate Gareth Bale is due to face his former club, after being named PFA Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year this week.

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