Tottenham Hotspur advanced into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening as they defeated Premier League rivals Burnley at Turf Moor.
A 68th-minute header from super-sub Lucas Moura was enough to separate the two sides in what was a pretty drab affair, though it would’ve been a welcome victory for everyone concerned with the club, having lost their last two games.
Spurs were largely dominant as they recorded 62% possession and three more shots on target but that didn’t stop the Clarets from being a major threat, particularly in being aggressive and dominant aerially.
But the Portuguese’s backline held firm to keep a much-needed clean sheet. And one player’s performance was standout as Davinson Sanchez dealt with Burnley’s physical nature impressively.
As per SofaScore, the £18m-rated Colombian registered a whopping 13 clearances in the match. For context, the home side managed only eight between them, so it goes to show just how influential Sanchez was in keeping the opposition at bay.
Elsewhere, he also chipped in with two tackles, further showing why Burnley’s attack struggled to find a way past the north Londoners, who will be aiming to go one better in this competition after last season’s final heartbreak.
Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard was left impressed by the defender, too.
‘In the right place to make a crucial intervention as Burnley rallied late, while he used his pace to mop up balls behind. A decent showing,’ he wrote in his post-match ratings column, where he graded the 6 foot 2 an 8/10.
After conceding two in the win over Newcastle, and goals against Vitesse and West Ham in recent weeks, Nuno is left with a massive selection dilemma as Sanchez may have just thrown his name into the hat to start against an out-of-sorts Manchester United this weekend.
The Portuguese head coach now has plenty to ponder before Saturday evening.