Tottenham defender Ben Davies believes that the hard work the team has put in under Antonio Conte is finally paying dividends. Davies was an unused substitute for the majority of the time under Nuno Espirito Santo while being sparingly used in the Europa Conference League and Carabao Cup. Under Conte, the Welshman has started all but one game as the team has shifted to a back three under the Italian.
“It’s been really good [under Conte]. We’ve worked incredibly hard, we’ve put a lot of work in on all aspects of our game – physically, tactically – and I think it’s starting to pay off for us now,” Tottenham defender Ben Davies said. “We have a clear way of playing and we’re making it difficult for the opposition. It’s been hard work but the rewards seem to be showing on the pitch. As a player, when you’re on the training pitch, you do what the manager says. The way we’ve prepped for games has been different as a team, but on a personal level, not too much.”
“I’ve been given the opportunity to play in a new position under the new manager and I love playing there. I’m making sure I’m doing everything possible to make sure I’m ready for every game,” he added. “I’ve played there quite a bit for the national team in the past and I’ve always enjoyed playing there. When the opportunity came to play there, I’ve relished it and really enjoyed playing there. It’s been a while so I was well aware of it, and expected a lot of questions about it afterward. It was an important time. We were behind, the game was a bit flat at the time and it was really important to get back into it thankfully I was able to get my head to it and get us back in the game.”