Davies on Spurs debut: I was more excited than nervous

Tottenham's new left back Ben Davies made his debut against AEL Limassol in the Europa League last night.

Wales international fullback Ben Davies made his first appearance for the North London side last night against the Cypriot outfit.

The former Swansea player was on the bench in Saturday's Premier League match against West Ham at Upton Park, with Danny Rose chosen to start Mauricio Pochettino's first competitive game in charge.

But the Welshman got to fly out to Cyprus for Thursday's game with league runners-up AEL, certain that he would get the starting berth.

After making several friendly appearances in the summer, Davies was happy to make his first official appearance for Spurs, with it looking very likely that he will be competing with the Englishman for that starting role for much of the year.

“It’s great to get that first one out of the way and hopefully I’ll get many more this season,” said the 20-year-old.

“It’s a great feeling to play my first competitive game. I was more excited than nervous and as soon as the first whistle went, you forget about that and get on with it.”

The 30 degree heat and humidity ensured it was a tough start for Spurs, going 1-0 down to a Adrian Sardinero early on that came about through the fault of several Tottenham players, including Davies, but the Premier League team managed to turn it around late on when Erik Lamela arrived from the substitute bench and set up goals for Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane.

Davies looked good going forward down the left flank, but like many of the side, struggled once or twice defensively during the first half as AEL unsurprisingly started strongly.

“It was tough," he admitted. "We took some time to adapt to the heat and humidity, it was a bit scrappy but we got there in the end and got the job done.

“The goal was a bit of a slip and I thought we kept them at bay from there. It was great to turn it around and to watch the goals hit the back of the net.”

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