Jose Mourinho sings the praises of Ben Davies after North London Derby victory


Tottenham Hotspur managed to secure a much-needed victory over Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday.

The Lilywhites went behind to a Lacazette wonderstrike before Heung-min Son and Toby Alderweireld scored in each half of play to steal all three points.

Ben Davies almost made it a match to remember in the first half when he thundered a 35-yard shot against the crossbar at 1-1. However, Arsenal keeper Martinez seemingly got the slightest of fingertips on the strike to see it rebound off the woodwork.

Despite this effort missing by inches, Mourinho sang the praises of his left-back in the Newcastle pre-match press conference today, labelling him as ‘stable’ and ‘compact’.

Mourinho has built a defensive formation around Davies as a tucked-in left-back and Aurier as an overlapping right-wing-back during his time in North London.

Football London reported that Mourinho had this to say on Davies today:

“What a save. I think an amazing save by Martinez, just a little touch. He’s playing so well, to be honest, and that amazing save, but fantastic strike.

“I have to admit a little bit of a surprise for me. I wouldn’t feel that Ben is this kind of left-winger, left wing-back or full-back who strikes the ball so, so, so well. What I love in him is that I always know how he’s going to perform. He’s so stable, so compact that I really like to have that feeling.

“He goes forward well and a good crosser of the ball and that shot could have been the goal of his career.”

Spurs Web Opinion: 

Besides the incredible strike from range, I actually thought that Davies was very poor against Arsenal, as he has also been in the vast majority of games since the Premier League restart.

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