‘Very, very open’ – Sanchez reveals the impact Mourinho has had on squad 

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Dom Le Roy

Davinson Sanchez has admitted that the players have been very open to learning from Jose Mourinho since the day he arrived at the club and that the team has benefited from the vast experience that the Portuguese coach has in the game. 

Mourinho’s year and a half at Tottenham have not been plain sailing, with plenty of ups and downs along the way.

However, the Spurs boss has demonstrated that he is open to handing players second chances with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli having been brought back into the fold after previously falling out of favour.

Sanchez himself looked to have been frozen out of the team earlier in the season but the Colombian has started all of Tottenham’s last three Premier League games and looked extremely solid.

When asked about how Mourinho has helped improve him and his teammates, the 24-year-old told Football.London: “Of course, everyone knows. For us, in this moment when he came we were very, very open with him as he was with us. 

“The influence he has on us is a lot because he’s been involved in football a long time with experience in the Europa League and the domestic competition, with the Carabao and FA Cup. He is taking our best to give him and he has done with us.”

The international break, scheduled for 22 March to 1 April, has been the source of much controversy over recent weeks amidst the travel restrictions imposed by the UK government on those returning from ‘red list’ countries.

However, Sanchez will not join up with the Colombian squad as the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) have already decided to postpone the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for later this month.

When asked about the postponement, the Tottenham star said: “For me and many, many players, the national teams means a lot and more so when you’re competing for qualification. 

“It’s not like we would be in a problem for the club. In that moment they were talking about it and facing the problem. After it could be a problem because I don’t think we have the time. We’ll see if we can finish the qualification.”

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