Jan Vertonghen wants points – not goals – at Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen admits he’d happily swap goals for points following the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.

The Belgian defender struck twice either side of half-time to put Spurs in-front on Merseyside after Luis Suarez opened the scoring, but defensive mistakes cost the visitors as Stewart Downing and Steven Gerrard turned things around.

It was a result which ended a run of 12 games unbeaten for the north London outfit, and Vertonghen admits he’d happily swap his goals for points if he could.

“It was frustrating. Over the 90 minutes we were better team and of course, I scored twice, but I would rather we’d won this game,” he told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

“I’m pleased with my goals but believe me, I would give my goals away to even take a point.

“As I said, I thought we were the better team and I’m disappointed we didn’t get a win or a point because we deserved it.”

Vertonghen is likely to be involved in Europa League action this week, with Spurs travelling to Italy to face Inter Milan in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 encounter.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side hold a 3-0 advantage after an emphatic win at White Hart Lane last Thursday, although Welsh winger Gareth Bale doesn’t make the trip to the San Siro – where he scored a hat-trick in the Champions League two-years ago – because of suspension.

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