Ben Davies says team are ‘determined’ to get out of mini losing spell ahead of Aston Villa clash
Ben Davies, the stalwart defender of Tottenham Hotspur, embodies the resilience and determination that the club is known for. As Spurs navigate through a challenging phase in the Premier League, Davies stands as a beacon of hope and tenacity ahead of their crucial clash against Aston Villa.
Consecutive losses to Chelsea and Wolves, coupled with the loss of key players like Micky van de Ven, James Maddison, Cristian Romero, and Destiny Udogie, have tested the team’s mettle. These defeats have prompted questions about the team’s consistency and ability to handle pressure, leading to a mini-losing spell that Spurs are now eager to break.
As Tottenham take on the impressive Villa, they have more problems than solutions. Yves Bissouma is suspended for the clash against Unai Emery’s side. Pape Matar Sarr is an injury doubt as well.
With 318 appearances, second only to Hugo Lloris in terms of longevity, Ben Davies has been a reliable figure in Tottenham’s defence, adaptable and ever-ready to take on new challenges. His recent shift to a centre-half position in a back four under manager Ange Postecoglou is a testament to his versatility and commitment to the team’s success.
He might not be the first choice anymore and rightly so. However, whenever called upon, the Welshman does a more than decent job. His commitment on the field is exemplary. He is a role model to the younger players in the dressing room.
Speaking about the continuous losses to Chelsea and Wolves, here is what Davies had to say, as quoted by the Guardian
“When you’re doing well, people get excited by the first sign of any sort of wobble. It’s no time for panic. If we focus on the next game every single time, don’t get distracted by things going on outside, the narrative, the question marks over style of play or personnel … if we stick together, we’ll hopefully be there or thereabouts at the end.
“We are probably in a mini period right now when a couple of results haven’t gone our way. But we are all determined, knowing the manager has got our back, that we can bounce back. And we’re going to go at it playing our way of football.”
The influence of manager Ange Postecoglou is evident in Davies’ approach. Postecoglou’s philosophy, grounded in deep love and respect for the game, aims to instil a sense of freedom and joy in his players.
It is telling that losing two games seems unacceptable for Spurs this season. This is the kind of competitive spirit we have dreamed of for a very long time. Postecoglou seemed to have made it happen in such a short span of time.
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Beating Villa today with a much-marginalised squad would give us all the momentum in the world. Let’s hope we do just that.