Tottenham Hotspur booked a place in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night.
A brace from Son Heung-min and a Fernando Llorente volley did the job for Spurs, and their chances of winning a silverware this season is looking realistic.
Tottenham suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on matchday 10 of the English Premier League on Monday night, but they showed style and immediately bounced back some 48 hours later.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was impressed with his players, but he singled out Colombian international Davinson Sanchez for praises after he put in yet another impressive shift at the back.
“It was a very good performance. I’m very proud because this game was so complicated and another derby, a derby that in the end we won,” the Argentine told Tottenham’s official website.
“It’s important to go into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and for a lot of players it was a fantastic opportunity to show their quality.
“It was a very competitive game after playing on Monday. We nearly changed all the players and of course it’s important, after only 48 hours, to say [well done] to Davinson Sanchez because his effort on Monday and [Wednesday] was massive. He showed great mentality. He’s a beast.”
The former Ajax man was the only Tottenham to play every minute of both games, and he is proving to be one of the club’s best buys in recent seasons.
Since arriving from the Eredivisie side for £42million last summer, Sanchez has established himself as one of Spurs’ key players, putting in performances veteran centre-backs would be very proud of.
At just 22, the Colombian plays like the finished article, and he has made Tottenham defence more solid than ever.
He has featured in seven league games this season and continues to be vital to the team in both boxes.
Spurs will now face north London rivals Arsenal in the last-8 next month, and a fierce derby should be expected as the bitter neighbours go head to head.
Prior to that, Pochettino’s men resume league action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, before welcoming PSV in the first of the three second-legs of their Champions League group campaign on Tuesday.