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‘I’m really happy’ – Conte delighted with the player’s form despite the criticism he has faced before

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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte told the club’s official website that he really likes Davinson Sanchez’s work and that the qualities he has are capable of taking him to the top player levels.

Sanchez was able to prove himself by coming on as a substitute in Spurs’ last two Premier League games, after Argentine defender Cristian Romero suffered a minor injury in the London derby.

The 26-year-old helped the team to play zero in the last matches, and showed himself perfectly, replacing the Conte’s number one choice Romero.

After the game, Conte praised the Colombian for his dedication and performance. Speaking to Spurs Play yesterday after the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, the Italian specialist said that Sanchez needs to stay with the same attitude going forward in order to reach his full potential.

“But for me, Davinson is Patron. For me, he is Patron. I don’t call him Davinson. Patron [Sanchez] has great potential because he has everything to be a top defender. I think he has to always be concentrated, to be focused. Especially when the situation is easy.

“Sometimes, he’s so relaxed that sometimes he can make a mistake. But he’s working very well, I’m really happy despite the absence of Cuti [Cristian Romero].

“He’s performing very well, but he has to continue in this way, to be focused. Today, another clean sheet for the defensive line but good for the whole team.”

Sanchez moved to the North London team in 2017 from Dutch side Ajax for the then-record £42 million for Tottenham. The Colombian arrived at Spurs as one of Europe’s most promising young central defenders. After his debut season, the 26-year-old player struggled to reach his full potential and prove why he was given the status of a young star.

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