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Tottenham boss Conte delighted with Davies form; talks up fullback pair

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is delighted with the form of Ben Davies.

The Wales international has settled into his role as a left-sided centre-back, starting in the position in all but one of their Premier League games under the Italian boss.

He equalised last Sunday against Newcastle, glancing in Heung-Min Son's cross ahead of Tottenham eventually winning 5-1.

For Saturday's trip to Aston Villa, Conte spoke glowingly about the long-serving defender.

“Ben is playing a fantastic season, in my opinion," he told Spurs TV on Thursday. “He's a reliable player, he scored an important goal for us and I think he deserved to score this goal. Ben is playing in an important way with us, as a central defender and he's showing that he's a really good player."

Conte also spoke of fit-again fullbacks Sergio Reguilon and Ryan Sessegnon.

“For us, it's very important to have two good options on the bench," he explained, in reference to the wing-back positions. “For sure, Sergio has recovered now from his injury and it's the same for Ryan Sessegnon – two important players for us. I think in the last game, Matthew (Doherty) and Emerson played a good game, and it's good because we have the possibility on the bench of the two to change the game and also to have fresh players, to give energy.

“Especially in this last part of the season, where we have eight games to play, it's very important to have the possibility to make rotation, but at the same time when you decide the starting XI, to have on the bench the possibility of important players to come in and give you the chance to change the game or to improve the game. It was shown in the last game with Harry Winks, with Steven Bergwijn, with Lucas Moura, and I am very happy to see my players come in and play this way."

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