Pundit was ‘surprised’ by one Spurs player’s inclusion in line-up against Burnley

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Paul Robinson has said he was surprised by Antonio Conte’s decision to stick with Davinson Sanchez in the Tottenham line-up for the club’s game against Burnley. 

Spurs travelled to Turf Moor looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, but didn’t end up having the chance to do so 

The Premier League game against the Clarets was called off just 50 minutes before kick-off due to heavy snowfall, which handed Conte’s men an unexpected week’s break.  

Conte named his preferred line-up ahead of the game with Sanchez retaining his place as part of a three-man defence, despite a poor showing from the Colombian against the Slovenian minnows. 

The 25-year-old was largely at fault for Mura’s opener, stumbling to the ground after letting Tomi Horvat cut inside to fire an effort past Pierluigi Gollini. 

Former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson admits he did not expect Sanchez to retain his place in the side to face Burnley after the centre-back’s dismal European showing. 

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “In all honesty, I was surprised by Sanchez’s inclusion in the team after his performance against Mura. 

“He was poor. There were not many Spurs players who can say they played well on Thursday. 

“Whoever played this weekend was coming off the back of a very difficult performance in midweek.

“They would have hoped to have bounced back straight away but they will have to wait a bit longer now.”

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Sanchez’s inclusion did surprise plenty of people ahead of the Burnley encounter because his performance against Mura – alongside a number of others – was just so poor. The postponement means Spurs have a little longer to regroup, with Brentford being the club’s next opportunity. 

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