Pochettino not surprised by Jadon Sancho’s displays

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Jadon Sancho of Dortmund hits the post during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park on February 09, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash with Borussia Dortmund, manager Mauricio Pochettino claims he is not shocked by Jadon Sancho’s impressive displays for the Bundesliga side.

Sancho, 18, is enjoying an excellent campaign with the Bundesliga leaders and has earned his first England caps in the process.

But when asked about missing out on signing the former Manchester City winger who could pose a threat to Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday night, the Argentine reserved praise for his qualities.

Pochettino told Sky Sports: “He doesn’t surprise me.

“We knew very well that he was capable of doing what he’s doing now, with game time.

“The quality he was showing at Manchester City and with his national team (at age group level) – we were talking in the last few years, that he was a massive prospect to be a very good player.

“He is showing now in Germany that he can cope with the pressure of playing in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

“And it doesn’t surprise me, his talent is there.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce applauds the fans following the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Van Persie says Ajax are favorites against Spurs

The Feyenoord footballer believes Ajax has what it takes to win against Tottenham Hotspur and play in the UEFA Champions League Final.

Dortmund are currently top of the Bundesliga, and Pochettino admits his team face a huge challenge in the coming weeks – but has backed them to progress.

He said: “I really believe that we can win every single game. We know very well that the competition is going to be tough.

“We are going to face a team who are at the top of the table and who are doing well.

“It’s a very competitive team and of course it is going to be tough. All the respect to the opponent – but I am a person who will always believe we can beat any team.”