Erik ten Hag’s encouraging words for Jadon Sancho following Borussia Dortmund’s success over Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Sancho played a key role in Dortmund's Champions League success against Atletico Madrid.

Erik Ten Hag Encourages Jadon Sancho
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Sancho played a pivotal role in Dortmund’s triumph, featuring prominently in both legs of the Champions League quarter-final clash against Atletico Madrid, ultimately contributing to their 5-4 aggregate win. Despite Sancho’s impressive performances during his loan spell at Dortmund, his ongoing conflict with Ten Hag remains a significant hurdle in reshaping his future prospects at Manchester United.

While recognizing Sancho’s exceptional abilities, Ten Hag emphasized that he never doubted the winger’s talent. Instead, he commended Sancho for rejuvenating his career in Germany but emphasized that talent alone cannot address the underlying issues that led to his loan departure from Manchester United.

Addressing the media, Ten Hag commented, “Of course, I follow international football and follow the players on loan at other clubs. It was a fantastic game, Dortmund against Atletico Madrid. A great performance from Dortmund and also for Jadon it’s good news. He made his contribution to the result for Dortmund.”

However, when questioned about any changes regarding Sancho’s future at Old Trafford, Ten Hag was straightforward, stating, “No, but we know Jadon Sancho is a fantastic football player, so that is not a surprise for us. That is not the issue.”

Sancho’s loan spell in Germany has been fruitful, but it has added complexity to Manchester United’s pursuit of a Champions League spot for the upcoming season. With England, Italy, and Germany competing for an additional slot based on UEFA’s country coefficient, Dortmund’s advancement has favored Germany in their bid for a fifth Champions League berth in the expanded competition next season. Consequently, England will maintain four spots, significantly impacting Manchester United’s Champions League aspirations.

While Dortmund prepares for a showdown against PSG in the Champions League semi-finals, Manchester United is focused on the FA Cup. Their upcoming fixture against Coventry City presents an opportunity to secure a place in the cup final and salvage their season with a trophy.

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 24

180 cm

76 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 14 20 Missed
Minutes 953 68.1 Avg
Goals 2 0.1 Avg
Assist 2 0.1 Avg
Attempt 59 4.2 Avg
Passes 467 33.473.7% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.1 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 10 times for 676 minutes for Bundesliga.

Jadon Sancho scored 1 goal for Borussia Dortmund. He procured one assist. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 5th in Bundesliga. In the last match Borussia Dortmund won 4-2 against Atlético Madrid. The next match in Bundesliga will be against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Borussia Dortmund performance and stats

Borussia Dortmund

Manager: Edin Terzic
Rank 5th
Win 17
Draw 9
Loss 7
Goals 64-43
Diff 21

Borussia Dortmund is currently 5th in the Bundesliga with 56 points.

In the last 29 games, it has won 16 times, drawn 8 times, and lost 5 times. In its last match, Borussia Dortmund won 1-2 against Borussia Mönchengladbach.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 57 goals and conceding 34.​

Borussia Dortmund will play the next match in Bundesliga against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday 21st of April in Dortmund. The prediction is Borussia Dortmund or Bayer 04 Leverkusen winning the match.​

Manchester United performance and stats

Manchester United

Manager: Erik ten Hag
Rank 8th
Win 16
Draw 6
Loss 14
Goals 52-56
Diff -4
Rank 4th
Win 1
Draw 1
Loss 4
Goals 12-15
Diff -3

Manchester United will play the next match in FA Cup against Coventry City on Sunday 21st of April in Coventry. The prediction is Manchester United winning the match.​