Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 1-0 by RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
Jose Mourinho’s side have it all to do when they contest the return fixture on March 10, with the Bundesliga side having been very impressive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
There were top performances from the likes of Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer and Christopher Nkunku, who will all need to be dealt with at the Red Bull Arena.
It was a mixed bag in terms of individual performances from Tottenham players, but one man who was solid once again, was Davinson Sanchez.
The £65,000-a-week Colombian (Spotrac) is rapidly becoming one of Spurs’ most consistent performers these days, and he deserves credit for turning things around after an iffy start to 2019/20.
Against Leipzig, according to @LastWordOnSpurs, the 23-year-old made six clearances, two blocks, three interceptions, one tackle, nine duels and had 88% passing accuracy.
Despite the defeat, it was a gritty display from the South American, whose form since Mourinho took over in November has been highly impressive.
Should he keep up this kind of level, he could well be in with a shout of winning the club’s Player of the Year gong come the end of the season.
TBR’s view – Opportunity knocks for Sanchez
Spurs are shipping goals at an alarming rate, but somehow that is actually helping Sanchez to stand out.
Conceding goals regularly is putting the focus on the backline, but Sanchez himself has been performing particularly well and people are beginning to take notice.
He may not be the most comfortable with the ball at his feet, but from a sheer defensive standpoint, he is becoming impressively dominant.
According to WhoScored, he’s averaged 1.7 tackles per 90 in the Premier League, 1.4 interceptions and 4.6 clearances. And he’s only been dribbled past at a rate of 0.7 times per game.
It’s looking like Heung-min Son and Harry Kane are both going to be out for the rest of the season, which could really put Sanchez into contention for the award if he does maintain this level.
Perhaps his biggest competition will be Giovani Lo Celso, who has really kicked on in 2020 after taking some time to adapt and overcome the injury he suffered early on.