Mentality, belief drive us on – Ben Davies
Wed 12 June 2019, 17:18|Tottenham Hotspur
Five seasons and counting, Ben Davies looks back with pride at playing his part in our progression as he approaches five years at Spurs.
The defender has racked up 168 appearances in all competitions and last season saw him hit 40 for the first time as we finished in the top four again and reached the final of the Champions League.
Ben, 26, produced key moments on our journey to European football’s showpiece in Madrid, that incredible run accounting for nine of his 40 appearances.
The Welsh international is rightly proud of the team’s consistency in the Premier League. Last season marked four seasons on the trot we’ve finished in the top four - that’s the second-best sequence in the Club’s long league history going back to 1908/09. Only Bill Nicholson’s ‘glory, glory’ team of the early 1960s top it with top four finishes between 1959/60 to 1963/64 - including the league and FA Cup ‘double’ in 1961.
“It’s been a great five years,” said Ben, who joined us from Swansea in the summer of 2014. “We’ve now finished top four for four seasons in a row, that is some effort, some achievement. We can be proud of that consistency.
“To compete in the Champions League was always the big aim when I joined and we’ve progressed again. If we’d have been knocked out in the group stages this season we would have all been devastated. We know we’re better than that. To kick on and get to the final was something special. That showed the belief here.”
We had to fight to stay in the top four towards the end of the season but held on by a point. “It was a tough season,” added Ben. “We’ve seen good quality teams like Wolves, Watford and Leicester all kicking on. Teams are also fighting for their lives and I think performances around the league are higher than ever.
“Look, we were a bit stop-start, we know that, especially towards the end of the season, but sometimes it isn’t pretty, sometimes you have to win games, get over the line and that’s what we’ve done.
“You realise in successful teams that it isn’t always about quality, it’s about mentality, about the man next to you – if you make a mistake, he’ll dig you out of it. That’s the mentality we have here.
“That run in the top four is an achievement, it really is. Maybe reaching the Champions League Final overshadowed that a little. We had a number of injuries and we really dug deep to get results for this Club. It’s determination, belief.
“We also had the situation with Wembley and we knew fans just wanted to be home - it was the same for us as well. To move to the new stadium was unbelievable, something we’d all looked forward to for a long time. In the end, it was quite a remarkable end to the season.”