‘Our lives changed’ – Spurs defender opens up on recent tough period

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Dom Le Roy

Davinson Sanchez has claimed that the Tottenham team have improved during the lockdown period but admitted that the side has little margin for error as they look to keep pace with Manchester United and Chelsea in the race for a top four finih.

The Colombian has started alongside Eric Dier at the back in Tottenham’s first two games back and as a pairing, they have been close to flawless.

The North Londoners have not conceded a goal in open play since the restart, and it looks like the back four is one that Jose Mourinho is likely to stick with.

Sanchez has opened up on the difficulties of adjusting to the new normal post-COIVD-19.

He told the club’s official website: “The lockdown was a tough period, it was hard for everyone. A lot of things were missed.

“Our lives changed; our social lives changed because we were not sharing the things that we normally would with others, especially with my team-mates, but also with my other friends and other social circles because I share my life with all of these people.

“Both football and life has changed a lot in that time. We’re still in that tough period.

“As humans though, we need to keep going. We just have had to adapt to the circumstances and still take care in this situation.”

The centre-half suggested that the team deserved more than a point against Manchester United and revealed that the players are intent on learning from the errors they made in the first two games.

He said: “As a team, we are now recovering a bit. I think we deserved more against Manchester United and the result against West Ham we’ll certainly take.

“It’s four points out of six which is fine, but we still have games to go and situations and areas to improve on.

“The most important thing is we take on that responsibility to keep that up and keep going. That will be very positive.”

The 24-year-old also admitted that Spurs cannot afford to drop points going into a busy run of fixtures starting with the clash against Sheffield United on Thursday.

Sanchez added: “Sheffield will be a tough game. The way they have been going… they are having a very good season.

“For us, we have to focus on improving what we have been missing in the last two games while at the same time, keeping up the good things which we have done.

“As a team, we have improved a lot during the lockdown. We have got some players back which has made us stronger and the way we have performed in the last two games has been a very good way to start.

“For us, with seven games to go, we’re going into each of them as if they are a final.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Sheffield United have started poorly after the restart and we should really be beating them if we retain top-four ambitions. Chelsea and Manchester United have both made fast starts and it looks like they would take some catching. We cannot afford to lose any points on Thursday.

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