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Vertonghen says Wolves winger Traore best he’s played against

Spurs defender joins youth football club Kentish Town FC to chat about training during lockdown

29 April, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Jan Vertonghen chats to Kentish Town FC coach Thomas Looney

JAN Vertonghen became the latest Premier League star to sign up for Kentish Town FC this week, sharing his experiences of what it’s like playing at the very top of the professional game.

The Spurs defender joined Town’s head coach – and die-hard Tottenham fan – Thomas Looney for a special live interview on Instagram on Tuesday.

He follows in the footsteps of Arsenal legend Robert Pires, who also chatted with Looney recently about all things football.

Arguably the biggest shock in the 40-minute exchange came when Vertonghen revealed who the toughest opponent that he has played against was.

The Belgian, who turned 33 last week, cast his mind back to December when Spurs won 2-1 at Molineux.

He said: “I’ve come across the best players in the world – I’ve played against Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez and Aguero – but the one where I struggled the most, like non-stop for 90 minutes, was when I played left-back at Wolves against Adama Traore.

“I had a very bad game, Traore got the better of me for 90 minutes.

“It was crazy. I felt helpless. Then, at the end of the game, I scored the winner and everyone said I had a great game.

“I thought, oh, so this is how it works for strikers, you score a goal and you get man-of-the-match.”

Tottenham made a number of pitches available to players at their Hotspur Way training centre on Tuesday as the first-team squad returned to training amid the coronavirus crisis.

Reflecting on what life in lockdown is like for a footballer, Vertonghen added: “We have been training every morning. We call in on Zoom at 11am, and there is someone at the training ground who presents a training session.

“We train for, like, an hour-and-a-half every day, and then weekends we’re off.

“We’re back in training now but it’s still very strict. We train on separate pitches, we’re not allowed in the dressing room and we have to shower at home. But it’s good to be back.”

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