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Jan on Foxes test

Posted on 20 March 2015  - 17:25

Jan Vertonghen feels the strength of the teams scrapping for their lives at the wrong end of the table is what makes the Premier League the toughest in world football.


We take on bottom-team Leicester City at the Lane on Saturday as the players strive to get back to winning ways after last week's loss at Old Trafford.

They might be at the foot of the table at the moment, but the Foxes only lost narrowly to Arsenal and picked up a draw against Everton in recent weeks and Mauricio Pochettino says Nigel Pearson's team's form is better than it looks in black-and-white.

We had a tough test at the KP Stadium on Boxing Day before winning 2-1 and Foxes turned the tables in the FA Cup at the Lane in January in a game we dominated before conceding two late goals.

Burnley's win against Manchester City last week underlined Jan's theory and he said: "The top teams are all top-class in the Premier League but the biggest difference is the strength of the teams in the bottom half.

"We've played Leicester, Burnley, Sunderland, Hull and QPR and every game is really tough. It’s the hardest league in the world.

"There is just no acceptance of defeat and every game is a fight, whoever is playing. Look at City against Burnley. That’s why we know it’s another difficult game for us on Saturday."

We had 20 shots in the FA Cup loss against the Foxes who then won it with goals in the 83rd and 92nd minutes. "I didn’t play in the FA Cup tie but I remember we were in control and then they hit us with two late goals," added Jan, who has started our last 18 games in the Premier League.

"That’s one area we can improve - you have to kill games like that when you are 1-0 up and creating chances, score a second goal and to keep a clean sheet, and that’s our responsibility at the back. That takes the pressure off.

"We know this is another tough game but we're determined to get back to winning ways after United. That defeat hurt us all."