Mourinho heaps praise on Ben Davies for performance at centre-back in a back four

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has somewhat of a problem in the centre of defence at the moment in North London, with both Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga out with injuries.

Juan Foyth was also loaned out in the summer, leaving just Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld as out-and-out central defensive options.

Ben Davies, primarily a left-back, has vast experience at playing on the left side of a back three, but less so in a flat back four.

Despite this, Mourinho gave the Welshman the captain’s armband and placed him in the centre of defence alongside Davinson Sanchez against LASK last night.

The North London side kept a clean sheet while scoring three goals of their own, with Davies arguably putting in the best defensive performance of the night.

Not only this, but the 27-year-old also created the opening goal with a fantastic clip forward to Carlos Vinicius, who then assisted Lucas Moura.

Jose Mourinho was keen to point of the versatility and talent of Davies after the full-time whistle. He said (Football London): “Yeah, a little bit like Harry and Vinicius.

“When we’re speaking about Vinicius being a good player too and say he only plays when Harry doesn’t, it’s good that Vinicius can play with Harry.

“Ben and Reguilon is a little bit the same. Can they play together or for one to play and the other one has to be on the bench? Yes, they can play together and that’s a very good thing for us.

“Ben is very intelligent. So that’s why it’s quite easy to understand the difference between playing left-back, centre-back with five or centre-back with four. Of course left-footed there are not many centre-backs with a left-foot. Some clubs have them but the majority don’t.

“To have him as an option is also good because to attack, the build-up is also important.”

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