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Matt Doherty relishing competition for places with Serge Aurier at Tottenham

As reported by Football.london, Tottenham Hotspur right-back Matt Doherty has insisted that he is relishing the battle with fellow defender Serge Aurier for a place in the starting XI.

The Republic of Ireland international joined Tottenham this past summer, in a deal worth £13.4m from fellow Premier League outfit Wolves.

Doherty started the campaign as the first-choice at right-back under Jose Mourinho, but has lost his place recently with Serge Aurier stepping up in a big way with some impressive performances.

Matt Doherty

Tottenham signed Matt Doherty in the summer

And the new signing has claimed that he is relishing the battle with the Ivory Coast international, insisting that competition for places is a good thing for the team. (h/t Football.london)

“I love it here. I came here in the summer and we’re fighting it out, driving each other on, whether he plays or I play, we’ve pretty much played half and half this season, so we try to get the best out of each other, and any competition is going to improve the team.”

Doherty insisted that whatever team takes the field, everyone was in good nick at the moment, which is what is needed for the team. (h/t Football.london)

“Fortunately, people who haven’t played one game have managed to play the midweek game, so everyone is fresh enough. I guess whatever the team is, we’re all in pretty good nick.”

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Doherty did not feature as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace earlier today. While he would have started in the subsequent game in midweek, it is hard to imagine that Jose Mourinho will drop Aurier for the top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.

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