Spurs defender Ben Davies has grown in confidence after Wales’ run to Euro 2016 semi-finals
Tottenham defender Ben Davies says he has grown in confidence after his role in Wales’ run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and feels fully capable of taking on the continent’s top players.
The 23-year-old made his first appearance of the season for Spurs in Saturday’s 4-0 victory at Stoke, standing in for the injured Danny Rose, and he is in line to start again in Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Monaco at Wembley.
Davies may be Spurs’ second-choice left-back but his performances in France during the summer helped Wales to reach the final four of the European Championship – and he feels the extra sense of self-belief will help when he lines up against the continent’s top teams and players.
“I’d like to think so,” he said. “To get to where we did in the summer was special. It takes a while to sink in, how well we actually did there. It wasn’t like we scraped our way to the semis, we actually performed really well and that’s a credit to all the boys.
“I thought Joe Allen was one of Stoke’s better players out there on Saturday, and it shows how well Welsh football’s doing - and that personal confidence that comes with it definitely helps.
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“The role I have at international level is totally different to what I’ve got to do at Spurs, playing that 3-5-2 that we do [with Wales], but overall it can only be a benefit.”
Tottenham have entered a testing period where they will play six games in 18 days. But Ben Davies, who is starting his third year at the club, says the strength in depth is greater than ever.
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“I haven’t been here too long but it’s definitely a strong squad and now the competition for places is probably the highest it’s been, so it’s a good place to be,” he said.
“I think everybody’s definitely prepared to step in when they have to. That competition for places we’ve got, all the boys have to perform if they want to keep their place in the team and that’s exactly what showed on the field [at Stoke].
“As soon as that transfer window closes… It obviously is on people’s minds [when it’s still open] – who could come in, who isn’t. But we looked like a good squad on Saturday. Even the boys who came off the bench put a top performance in.
“Sonny (Heung-Min Son) had his first start, I had a first start, and both of us performed pretty well, so it was a nice way to get going again.”
Son scored twice and set up another goal in Saturday’s 4-0 triumph and Stoke and Davies added: “Everyone in the squad knows how good Sonny is.
“He’s proved it again, like he did in patches last year. He’s a top player, I like playing with him and I thought we did well together on Saturday.”
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