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Belgian defender says other teams watching Spurs

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Spurs centre back Jan Vertonghen has said that other teams in the Premier League are starting to take notice of Tottenham's recent performances.

Speaking to the BBC, he said:

"We have a lot of confidence. I think everybody can see we don't concede a lot of goals.

"We score a lot of goals now and have a big squad. I think other teams are watching."

Tottenham face Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend, and with Tottenham level on points with league leaders Arsenal, there is a lot at stake in this week's London derby:

"We lost to a direct opponent the other week against Arsenal and we want to do better this time," he said.

"Last year we lost at home [against Chelsea] because of quite a lot of injuries in my opinion. We want to do better this year."

Spurs boss Andre Vilas-Boas has been publicly critical of his side's fixture list, with Tottenham facing Aston Villa just two days after coming up against Cardiff.

Vertonghen is adamant that the Spurs squad is big enough to handle the rigours of a congested fixture list:

"It was unbelievable," Vertonghen said.

"I have never played two games in three days. It was quite a test and I am very tired at the moment.

"It is tough but we already need everybody. We have five or six people who are injured and couldn't play.

"Some players didn't even travel and quite a lot of them will play on Saturday.

"I think we needed this big squad, for sure."

Tottenham's 4-0 victory against Aston Villa puts them through to the next round of the Capital One Cup, with Chelsea and Manchester City also booking their place. Vertonghen hopes his team can go far in the competition:

"We can be happy. Last year we were kicked out of this tournament in the second round and we wanted to better that this year."

Jan Vertonghen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2012 for a reported fee of £12m. He has won plaudits for his swashbuckling style of play, and has scored four goals in 34 appearances for Spurs. He has also scored four goals in 49 international appearances for Belgium.

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