Ben Davies has said that everything is now in place at Tottenham for the team to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s best clubs and achieve something special.
Davies is one of the longest-serving players in the Tottenham squad, having arrived at the club from Swansea City over eight years ago.
The Welshman has experienced several highs and lows during that time but he is no doubt that the club has been moving in only one direction, both on and off the pitch, in that time.
Davies admitted that the squad is now hungry to take the next step and achieve big things.
He told The Daily Mirror: “We’ve definitely grown a lot as a club since I arrived. Everything we do now — the expectations we have, the clubs we are competing with, on an international stage — is definitely bigger than when I arrived.
“And the opportunity we have with the players we’ve signed, with the manager we have, to do something special is there now. When you can see the calibre of players that the club is attracting, you realise that it is a top club in Europe.
“That speaks volumes of where we’re at and what the club is setting out to achieve. There’s a passion to win. There’s a passion to make sure that you come out on top, if that’s training, if that’s in a game, making sure that we’re doing everything away from the training ground. We’ve shown we can compete. It’s about taking that next step.”
The 29-year-old admitted that while the players want to win silverware, they are focused on taking each game as it comes and on becoming the best team they can.
He said: “Winning trophies and challenging for the title is the hardest step to actually achieve, but not necessarily as a target. Aspiring to be the best team is where we have to aim and that determination is definitely felt around the place.
“But time will tell when we play these teams where we are at. We’ve shown last year we can compete with them but it’s about being consistent and about making sure we put a whole season together really.”
Davies suggested that Spurs should take encouragement from the fact that they have managed to get good results this season without being at their best.
He added: “I don’t think we’ve played our best football consistently for 90 minutes yet but people say it’s a good sign when a team is winning and you’re not always playing well.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Spurs fans will do well to listen to Davies’ point about our progress as a club. I understand why some fans view our lack of recent silverware as big black mark against the current ownership.
However, there is no doubt that we have become steadily more competitive, both on and off the pitch, under ENIC and Daniel Levy.
The fact that we have cemented ourselves as top six club and are now in a position to attract the likes of Mourinho and Conte, is in itself a huge indication of how far we have come, compared to where we were when ENIC bought the club.
We have also been able to close the gap financially with the old ‘big 4’, which was substantial a decade ago, and the new stadium has essentially set us up to compete with Europe’s biggest clubs over the long term.
That is why I simply cannot accept the idea that a couple of Carabao Cups would have been preferable to all the progress we have made, both on and off the pitch, over the last ten years.
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