Tottenham Hotspur left-back Ben Davies keen to avoid repeat of last year's end-of-season slump with victory over Manchester United
PUBLISHED: 12:01 08 May 2017
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Spurs host Red Devils in last ever Premier League game at White Hart Lane on Sunday
Ben Davies says Tottenham Hotspur are determined to avoid another end-of-season slump and intend to finish their campaign on a high — especially as Sunday’s clash with Manchester United will be the last ever match at White Hart Lane.
Spurs’ quest for the Premier League title appears to be over after Friday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham — Chelsea can win the crown by beating Middlesbrough tonight and then West Bromwich Albion on Friday.
When Spurs’ title bid died last term, they fell to defeats in their final two games, losing against Southampton and Newcastle United, who had already been relegated.
But Davies says the squad are anxious to ensure history does not repeat itself, particularly as Tottenham are preparing to bid an emotional farewell to White Hart Lane at the weekend and can still finish the campaign with an unbeaten home record.
“Everybody’s very disappointed. Of course we realise what that means for our season now,” said the Welshman. “But we’ve given our all and now it’s about just finishing it off well.
“There are similarities [with the feeling last season] but we’ve really given it a good go this year. I think we’ve definitely matured as a team.
“The season slipped off towards the end of last year but we’re determined not to let that happen again.
“I think regardless of where we were going or who were going to play next weekend, it was going to be about putting the wrongs right, where we didn’t click on Friday.
“There’s a lot of pride in this team and we don’t want what happened last year to happen again this year, and next weekend is a platform for us to try to do that.
“It’s a massive occasion and, as players, we’re proud of the record we’ve got at home this year and we want to finish it off well.
“We’ve got to just get our heads around what’s happened, take a couple of days. But then it’s a full week of training and getting ready for the next one.
“It will be a massive game anyway but playing against good opposition, it will be nice if we can pick up a win.”
It remains to be seen whether Davies is in the line-up against Manchester United, since Danny Rose is due to return to full training this week after being sidelined since the end of January with a knee injury.
In his absence, Davies has started 16 of Spurs’ 17 games, only missing the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and playing his part in a nine-match winning streak in the Premier League.
Asked if he feels he has proved a point about his value to the squad, the Welshman said: “Yes, possibly. It’s been nice to have a run of games and I feel I’ve performed quite well. When I get that chance to get on the field that’s what I’ve got to do.”