Davinson Sanchez has admitted that he is delighted to put his performance against NS Mura behind him after getting on the scoresheet in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Norwich.
Sanchez got his first start under Antonio Conte in the Europa Conference League clash in Slovenia last month and the Colombian did not cover himself in glory in the 2-1 loss, arguably being at fault for both of the home side’s goals.
Some pundits insisted on the back of that loss that the 25-year-old should not wear the shirt again but he has managed to bounce back impressively.
Sanchez started at right-centre-back in Cristian Romero’s absence against both Brentford and Norwich, helping the North Londoners keep two clean sheets.
The former Ajax man was particularly impressive against the Canaries, also managing to get the all-important second goal which gave Antonio Conte’s men some breathing space.
When asked how it felt to put things right following his slip against Mura, the defender told the club’s official website: “Football always gives you the chance to come back strong.
“That moment (against NS Mura)… let’s say the conditions were tough for everyone, I was unlucky in those last actions, as a defender, that’s always tough to take.
“Football will always give you a chance. The manager knows, everyone knows when you are giving everything, and football gives you the chance, not to celebrate, but to be comfortable with yourself again.”
Sanchez also revealed that the players were far from pleased with their first-half performance against Dean Smith’s side despite going into the interval 1-0 up. He admitted that the second-half performance was more in line with how they wanted to play.
Sanchez said about the win over Norwich: “We knew it wasn’t good enough in the first half. In the second half, we were just ourselves, played as we have in the last few games. The confidence is there when you are scoring goals and keeping clean sheets.
“The manager pushed us in the way we had to push, we kept working and when the second goal came, we knew the game wasn’t in the pocket, it’s the Premier League, but then we were closer to the point we were looking for.
“We just want to make it that we’re hard to beat, that comes with consistency, and that comes with hard work. Also, not giving the opponents a chance to score. That’s hard in the Premier League because opponents always bring something, but the solution is to keep working.”
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Sanchez has certainly repaid the faith that Conte has shown in him in recent matches by starting him over Tanganga at right-centre-back. While the jury is out on whether the Colombian is a long-term solution, he certainly deserves to keep his place in the side on the back of his recent performances.
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