Ben Davies and Tottenham Hotspur want to show Newcastle United their improvement this weekend
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 August 2017
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After losing 5-1 at St James Park in May 2016, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have revenge on their minds
Ben Davies insists Tottenham Hotspur have wiped the previous meeting with Newcastle United from their mind and are determined to show how far they have come since the 5-1 loss at St James’ Park on May 15 2016.
Spurs were thrashed by the Magpies and as a result dropped from second to third on the final day of the 2015/16 season.
Tottenham’s heavy loss saw Arsenal leapfrog them, but ahead of Sunday’s rematch, Mauricio Pochettino’s team will aim to seek revenge over Newcastle.
“None of us players wanted that to happen and we’re determined for it to not happen again,” said Davies, after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Juventus.
“We’ve wiped that game from our minds now and we will go there looking to better them.
“Nobody wants results like that against anybody, but we’re a different team to what we were then and hopefully we’ve grown and we can show that this weekend.”
Spurs, despite an indifferent week, should head to Newcastle with confidence after beating Juventus 2-0 last Saturday.
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen netted at the start of either half, as Tottenham dominated their final friendly.
“We’ve viewed pre-season as just building our fitness and getting ready for the start of the season, but it was definitely a confidence booster to beat a world-class side like Juventus. Anybody would be happy with that,” conceded Davies.
A major positive for Pochettino was the encouraging display of Moussa Sissoko, who has been linked with a move away from the club this summer.
The French international still remains part of the squad, though, and could start away to his old club on Sunday.
Davies added: “I thought he had a very good game and he was really unlucky not to get a goal.
“Everybody thought it was in, but overall he was always a threat and I thought he had a really good game given it was his first bit of action this year.”
Sissoko may start at Newcastle, but Davies definitely will with Danny Rose still out with a knee injury.
The defender admitted he is hoping to make the left-back position his own while the England international is unavailable.
Rose has hit the headlines this week following an honest, but untimely interview with The Sun.
And therefore a strong showing from Davies on Sunday would help everyone at the club and strengthen the Welshman’s own position.
With Rose currently injured, the Tottenham number 33 has a good chance to start the season well and build confidence, which would force his rival to kick his heels on the bench even when he is fit.
Davies added: “Hopefully (I can make the left-back spot my own). It’s an opportunity for me to get some games, do well and see what happens.”