Davinson Sanchez has claimed that competition for places at Tottenham has risen to a different level on the back of the new signings who have arrived through the door this summer.
Spurs have been one of the busiest clubs in Europe in terms of incomings so far this transfer window.
Five new players have been added to the squad in the form of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet, while a sixth in the form of Djed Spence is expected to follow soon (Fabrizio Romano).
This means the battle for a place in the starting eleven has intensified across the pitch, and Sanchez has claimed that all the players are now on their toes to ensure they get minutes next season.
When asked about the increased squad strength, the Colombian told Football.London: “As a player you need that as well, competing, and challenging with my teammates always increases the healthy competition in the squad. The squad level is going to increase for sure.
“We’re looking for that, not only in my position, but we have at least two players for each position which is good. We are expecting to have a big season.
“We expect to challenge for as many objectives we have for this long, long season. We’re going to try to deliver the job, we’re going to try to create that atmosphere and spirit that we ended last season with.”
Sanchez believes that he and his teammates now understand what Conte and his coaching staff want from them after working under them for eight months last season.
The centre-back added: “As players we’ve been ready since the manager came. He brings another mentality and philosophy. As players last year we were trying to put into the pitch what he wants.
“We want just to improve the many things we can and try to be ready for the Champions League. It’s a competition that everyone wants to be involved in.”
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I am particularly fascinated by the competition for places in midfield. It is anyone’s guess at this point how the battle between Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Yves Bissouma, will pane out.
I think a partnership of Bissouma and Bentancur could work quite nicely but Hojbjerg and Skipp are the sorts of characters who will not give up their place in the starting eleven without a fight.
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