Davinson: “Football will always give you a chance”
Tue 07 December 2021, 13:00|Tottenham Hotspur
How football can change - just ask Davinson Sanchez.
Less than a fortnight ago, the defender could be found head in hands, flat on his back at Maribor’s Stadion Ljudski vrt after Amadej Marosa’s effort with the last kick of the game had deflected off him and looped home over Pierluigi Gollini to hand NS Mura a famous win.
Fast-forward to Sunday, and Davinson was celebrating in front of a packed South Stand after scoring his first goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in our commanding 3-0 win against Norwich City, his first Premier League goal since February, 2019. A goal, three points, three wins on the trot in the Premier League and two successive clean sheets - happy days.
“Football always gives you the chance to come back strong,” reflected Davinson. “That moment (against NS Mura)... let’s say the conditions were tough for everyone, I was unlucky in those last actions, as a defender, that’s always tough to take.
“Football will always give you a chance. The manager knows, everyone knows when you are giving everything, and football gives you the chance, not to celebrate, but to be comfortable with yourself again.”
Like Lucas Moura, Davinson alluded to feeling that we weren’t quite at our levels in the first half, despite leading 1-0 through Lucas’ thunderbolt. That changed in the second half as Davinson rifled home for 2-0 on 67 minutes and Heung-Min Son wrapped it up 10 minutes later.
“We knew it wasn’t good enough in the first half,” he said. “In the second half, we were just ourselves, played as we have in the last few games. The confidence is there when you are scoring goals and keeping clean sheets.
“The manager pushed us in the way we had to push, we kept working and when the second goal came, we knew the game wasn’t in the pocket, it’s the Premier League, but then we were closer to the point we were looking for.
“We just want to make it that we’re hard to beat, that comes with consistency, and that comes with hard work. Also, not giving the opponents a chance to score. That’s hard in the Premier League, because opponents always bring something, but the solution is to keep working.”