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Charlie's pride

Posted on 13 January 2010  - 12:00

Vedran Corluka has spoken about his pride at his ever-present record in the league that now stretches back to March.

Charlie's pride

Vedran Corluka has spoken about his pride at his ever-present record in the league that now stretches back to March.

The versatile defender has made the right-back slot his own for over a year now and has started every game in the Barclays Premier League going back to the 2-1 win against Chelsea on March 21, 2009.

He's been a consistent performer in a defence that only conceded 10 league goals at White Hart Lane last season and has now kept five-successive clean sheets.

"For me, it's a great thing to play every week, especially in a strong team like Spurs," said Vedran, known to all as 'Charlie'.

"When I joined I always believed I would play, but I'm only 23 and to play every game is a real achievement.

"I guess I'm playing okay, so the manager puts me in the team every week! I'm happy with that and hopefully I'll stay clear of injuries and play for this club for a long time."

Benoit Assou-Ekotto is also an ever-present in the league this season - 20 games, up to West Ham on December 28 - with Sebastien Bassong starting 17, Wilson Palacios 19, Tom Huddlestone 19, Aaron Lennon 18 and Jermain Defoe 16.

As Charlie points out, having that core is of huge benefit to the team. "We know everything about each other's games.

"Look at Azza (Aaron Lennon) and myself, for instance, I know I can pass the ball to him and I don't have to look where he is, I just know. That's a great thing.

"The team has been settled since Harry arrived, we know everything about each other and that's easier for the players. We also have great quality on the bench and that pushes you in training and in games because you know you can never relax."