Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino not surprised by success of teenage midfielder at Borussia Dortmund

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino not surprised by success of teenage midfielder at Borussia Dortmund

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The 18-year-old already has eight goals and 11 assists for the German club this season

Jadon Sancho’s success at Borussia Dortmund has come as no surprise to Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur face Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene for the German club this season and has eight goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking about Jadon Sancho

Sancho signed for Dortmund for £8million in August 2017 after finding his opportunities limited at Manchester City.

Pochettino has hinted that the England midfielder was on their radar when he left the Manchester club.

“We knew very well that he was capable to do what he is doing now with game time,” said Pochettino.

Jadon Sancho has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season

Jadon Sancho has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season

“Of course he is showing now in Germany that he can cope with the pressure to play in the Bundesliga or in the Champions League. And no surprise to me.

“We have seen the quality that he was showing in Manchester City or in his national team.

“I think we were talking in the last few years that he was a massive prospect to be a very good player. His talent is there and he’s a very talented player.”


Jan Vertonghen is set for a more testing evening than he might have otherwise expected as the Belgian looks set to start at left-back, following injuries to Danny Rose and Ben Davies.

Rose will have a fitness test on Wednesday morning to see whether he can be on the bench.

Vertonghen, who has played that position for Spurs and his national team, will be hoping that Sancho has an off-day like Tuesday – when he delayed Dortmund’s departure by forgetting his passport.

Jan Vertonghen will have his work cut out against Jadon Sancho

Jan Vertonghen will have his work cut out against Jadon Sancho

The teenager has received glowing feedback from his England team-mates in the Spurs camp.

“I was speaking with some of the guys with the national team and they are impressed,” Vertonghen said.

“He came there as a young player with not too many expectations for this season but he’s done very well, scored goals and lots of assists so impressed by his development and always exciting to see a young player do so well.”




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