Tottenham defender gives an insight into the ‘brotherhood’ at the club

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have had one of their most challenging and gruelling seasons which has been full of drama coupled with highs and lows.

Spurs have experienced the heartbreak of a semi final Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea on penalties but has been outweighed by a fourth successive top four finish Premier League along with a place in the final of the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino has also lost key players due to injury at pivotal parts of the season with Harry Kane and Dele Alli among those who have missed significant game time.

Defender Ben Davies has given an insight into the togetherness and team spirit among the squad which was plain to see for those who saw the way Tottenham battled back from 3-0 down on aggregate away to Ajax last Tuesday night.

The Welshman has pinpointed significant moments during our historic cup run which have seen us book our place in Madrid where we will face Liverpool on June 1st.

Davies played an important part in Lucas Moura’s third goal against Ajax where he managed to win back possession deep into injury time to begin the move that led to the memorable winner.

He told the official Spurs site: “This has been a special season,”

“We’ve had our backs against the wall in a few games and really had to put bodies on the line but when questions have been asked, we’ve found answers.

“It felt like we were up against it after losing the first game so late at Inter (1-2). Barcelona and Messi in the second game (2-4), he was special that night. PSV away (2-2) was so frustrating. Then Harry’s header goes in off a couple of ricochets to beat PSV and we’re up and running.

“These are the moments that can define seasons. It’s funny – we probably played better in the group stage last season, we were flying, but this has been about grit, determination and players have delivered those moments of quality when we’ve needed them. You need that in a cup run.

“Dortmund away (last 16), even though we had a 3-0 lead from the first leg, we were really up against it in the first half of the second leg out there. That’s when players have to stand up. We made big blocks, Jan had one tackle I remember, I had one, Hugo made countless saves (we eventually won 1-0, 4-0 on aggregate). These are the moments. It’s a squad game and everyone has to play their part. Once again, everyone has done that.

“I think when you have games where you have to fight for the man next to you, when you have to stand up for each other, put your bodies on the line, like City and Ajax, it becomes a brotherhood, like a family.

“I’ve been here a while now and everyone has each other’s back. You go through the pain barrier for the person next to you and that’s what we’ve had to do at times this season, especially in this Champions League run.

“We’ve had a number of injuries and we’ve really dug deep to get results for this Club. That’s about determination and belief. We all believe in the man next to us, all believe in the quality we’ve got throughout the squad and everyone has delivered when it has mattered most.”

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