Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin says he is more confident than ever and believes it'll help him perform better this season.
The youngster had a very good display last term, filling up the right-back position when Mathieu Debuchy got injured. He made a total of 28 appearances for the Gunners in his breakthrough season and was part of the side that retained the FA Cup.
However, Bellerin is keen to continue his development under Arsene Wenger this season.
“I’ve had a few people talk about second-season syndrome but I really don’t believe in it,” he told the Arsenal Weekly podcast, as Arsenal.com quoted. “I think after a breakthrough season, what you have to do is keep going from where you left off.
“People say ‘Yeah, but people know how you play now’ but I’ve got the confidence knowing I’ve played 30 games already so I’m more confident in the games.
“It can always go both ways. It’s very difficult in football to always perform at your best level.
“You’re going to have ups and downs but that has got nothing to do with the first or second season.
“I just need to keep training and playing the way I was last year, keep learning and keep getting experience, and hopefully having some good performances.”
Bellerin's self-confidence is at its peak and he isn't fazed to compete with Debuchy for the right-back position.
“I think the competition in every single position in the team is really strong,” he added. “That’s going to make the team train harder, perform better and grow as players.
“We have to give our best. We know we can’t relax, we know we can’t take out starting position for granted when we have it.
“Even when you think you’re going to play you need to train hard because otherwise it’s on to the next one and you’re going to be on the bench.
“I think it’s very good and all the successful teams have that kind of battle in every single spot because that keeps you on your feet and makes you perform better.
“I know it’s going to be difficult with Mathieu back now but I’m just going to keep training hard.”