‘Win the first contact, I don’t f***ing care how… take it in your face!’: Former Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen is mic’d up for a game in Belgium – revealing what REALLY goes on on the pitch
- Former Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen has revealed what is said on the pitch
- The 35-year-old now at Anderlecht wore a microphone during a recent match
- He barked orders, guided team-mate’s and was prone to the odd swear word
Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has given an insight into the onfield discussions that take place between players after wearing a microphone in a recent match.
Vertonghen now plays for Belgian side Anderlecht and clearly hasn’t lost any of his fire since leaving the Premier League and retiring from the Belgian national side.
Having been tapped up with a microphone for his side’s fiery clash with title-chasers Antwerp on Sunday, the 35-year-old defender revealed the x-rated nature of the on-pitch conversations that take place on the club’s YouTube channel.
Vertonghen was smiling before kick-off as he came face-to-face with his former Spurs centre-back partner Toby Alderweireld but was all action as soon as play got underway.
He began the match by gathering his colleagues in a team huddle in an attempt to rally his troops.
Anderlecht defender Jan Vertonghen wore a microphone during a recent match
Vertonghen explained the importance of the match and told the Anderlecht team: ‘Boys, feel this atmosphere, this is what we are here for, this is why we became footballers.
‘Win your first contact, I don’t f****** care how, let them feel you’re there and let’s win this game. Come on!’
One aggravated exchange then saw the 35-year-old bark orders at his team-mates placed in the wall for a free-kick, shouting at them to ‘take it in the face’ as he demanded bravery.
Vertonghen shouted: ‘Hey in the face, take it in the face, come on.’
However, he was also willing to offer guidance to his team-mates during the game, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Anderlecht defender barked orders at his team-mates throughout the feisty encounter
Vertonghen led a pre-match motivational talk and tried to rally Anderlecht to victory
Vertonghen’s marauding runs had been causing problems in the Antwerp midfield and thought to pass his knowledge onto Zeno Debast alongside him, saying:
‘If they start covering me now because I have made two dribbles then you just do the same. You know, bam, get in there.
‘That outside player always comes in so just look at the other side or go on, on, on.
‘Hey play! Class, easy now, ball out, ball out. Throw the ball out we have to.
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