“I tried to imitate Gareth Bale on television”

The wing-back’s importance will be demonstrated on Sunday when Spurs take on Chelsea, with Sessegnon in line to face his old friend Reece James, whom he has known from England youth teams and playing against him.

“It’s probably one of the toughest positions in the team right now,” Sessegnon said. “The manager wants you to contribute going forward, but obviously also defensively, so you have to have that engine to go up and down. That’s one of my strengths, but it can always be improved. I try to be even more fit all the time.

“It will be a good game against Reece. I know him very well too. He’s a great player. More often than not, the Sunday battles on my side will be against him. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to play against him and we are confident.

“We’ve played together for England in the youth age groups, we’ve also won the Under-19 championships and we’ve played against each other since I was nine, when he was at Chelsea and I at Fulham. You have to say he came out on top. Their academy at the time was ridiculous, they won all the trophies they could at the time. But at that time he was more of a midfielder, then he was recently moved to right-back.

It will also be an indicator of the progress Spurs have made since last season, when they lost 3-0 and 2-0, before they stage their rise to the Champions League places in the second half of the campaign. . “It will be a good test for us to see how far we got last season, we were disappointed to lose all three games against them last season. We are playing a good team, but we are also a good team. We let’s go out there to win the game and then we can see what the gap is between us,” Sessegnon said.

While Perisic offers competition for Sessegnon, he also wants to learn from the World Cup finalist and Champions League winner.

“I had a different attitude. I have never seen the [competition] situation like this. I saw this as a chance for me to improve myself and get some help from him. Now he is in the team and I know him a little, he helped me straight away, in pre-season. He’s a good guy. He helped me a lot. It’s just healthy competition,” he said.

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