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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Ben Davies backs Mauricio Pochettino to take Tottenham to the next level

Tottenham have Champions League football for the third successive season.

Ben Davies, pictured left, believes Mauricio Pochettino's new deal will help take Tottenham to the next level
Ben Davies, pictured left, believes Mauricio Pochettino's new deal will help take Tottenham to the next level

By Phil Blanche, Press Association Sport

Ben Davies has welcomed Mauricio Pochettino’s new five-year deal as “great news” in trying to move Tottenham to the next level.

Pochettino, who says the club must “take risks” to improve, ended uncertainty over his Spurs future on Thursday by committing himself to the London club until 2023.

Tottenham have not won a trophy in Pochettino’s four years in charge, but Spurs have a third successive Champions League campaign to look forward to next season as they prepare to move into their new 62,000-capacity stadium.

“Yeah, I can understand what he’s saying,” Davies said. “Now it’s all about trying to reach that next level and, as players, we want to do the same.

“That’s great news for us as a club and it’s fantastic to see him staying on. He’s been amazing to work under and it’s nice to see that continue.”

Davies has been a key player for Pochettino this term, winning the left-back battle with Danny Rose in making 38 first-team appearances.

The 25-year-old’s final game of an impressive campaign will be for Wales against Mexico at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

“I’d like to think it’s been my best season so far,” Davies told BBC Sport Wales at the squad’s California base.

“I’ve played in some big games, played in the Champions League, the semi-final of the FA Cup and we did well in the Premier League again.

“To finish third was a really good effort with the competition that was around, and I’m glad I played a part in it.”

Wales are without talisman Gareth Bale for the Mexico friendly, with the Real Madrid forward involved in Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev.

Liverpool pair Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn are absent for the same reason, while Stoke midfielder Joe Allen is injured and James Chester and Neil Taylor are on Sky Bet Championship play-off final duty for Aston Villa.

Ryan Giggs’ youthful squad face a tough test against World Cup-bound Mexico, who will be able to count on the support of thousands of Los Angeles-based Mexicans.

Over 65,000 tickets have already been sold at the 90,000-seater Rose Bowl, scene of the  1994 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy.

“They’re looking forward to a World Cup and we haven’t got that going ahead now,” Davies said.

“It’s about taking these friendlies as seriously as we can and making sure we have a point to prove, that we feel we should be there.”

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