Mauricio Pochettino says he is not surprised by the emergence of Borussia Dortmund’s English winger Jadon Sancho as Spurs prepare to take on the German side in the Champions League.
The 18-year-old, who joined from Manchester City in 2017, has produced eight goals and 10 assists for the Bundesliga leaders this season.
“We knew very well that he was capable of doing what he’s doing now,” Pochettino said. “We were talking in the last few years that he was a massive prospect.”
Sancho is expected to be named in the starting XI after Dortmund captain Marco Reus was ruled out of the last-16 first leg match with a thigh injury.
Pochettino added: “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, it doesn’t surprise me. His talent is there and he’s a very talented player.”
The teenager, whose three goals helped England win the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, won his first senior cap for England against Croatia last October.