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Mauricio Pochettino says he is not surprised with the development of the English winger Jadon Sancho of as Spurs prepare to take on the side in the .

The 18-year-old, who combined at 20 17 in , has produced eight goals and 10 assists for the leaders in 2013.

“We knew well he was capable of doing what he’s doing now,” Pochettino explained. “We’re talking within the last few years that he was a large prospect”

Sancho is expected to be called in the starting XI after Dortmund captain Marco Reus was ruled out of this first leg match with a leg injury.

Pochettino added:”Obviously he is showing currently in he can manage the pressure to play at the or at the . And no, it doesn’t surprise me. His ability is there and he’s an incredibly talented player”

The teenager, whose three aims helped England win the Under-17 world-cup at 20 17, won his first cap against Croatia last October.

‘We can do this year,’ says Vertonghen

Defender Jan Vertonghen is convinced will hit the very final eight for the first time as 2011.

“We can beat anybody,” said the Belgian, who’s very likely to play with at the left-back position and mark Sancho.

“We have shown that this past year. Over two games we were the superior team against (four points from two bunch games) who have been the ultimate winners of this trophy.

“This is why it was a shame we could not do better last year because we felt we ought to have done better. That is why everyone has the impression we may do this year”


duo Eric Dier (virus) and also Erik Lamela (back) both came back to practice with the group on Tuesday for its initial leg in their last-16 match. Neither were readily designed for Sunday’s 3-1 win.

Argentine Pochettino confirmed the shin injury of left-back Danny Rose means he is a doubt for Wednesday’s contest.

Spurs have a 55% probability of reaching the last eight

Simon Gleave, mind of sports analysis in Gracenote, said: are rated that the best team in by the euro-club Index, four places above leaders . have a 55% chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

“Spurs’ potential for winning this year’s is approximately 3%up from approximately 2% until the group phase started.”


  • and Dortmund are facing one another for the third time within the past four seasons in an competition. Their head-to-head record is also balanced, with two wins each.
  • won both previous experiences with Dortmund from the ; this came in last season’s group stages (3 1 in , 2-1 in the Oval Iduna Park).
  • All 1 9 goals scored from the this season by (nine) and (10) have come from open play.
  • Dortmund haven’t neglected to score against in an competition (four matches ).
  • Dortmund have reached the knockout stages of the for the fifth time in their last six campaigns while this really is the first time have reached the knockout phase in consecutive seasons. Their bench has already been the very clinical with five objects.
  • No team conceded fewer aims than in this season’s group stages (two in six matches ).
  • Raphael Guerreiro has scored four of ’s last five goals in the . He’s the very best Portuguese scorer in this season’s competition (four goals).
  • Eight of ’s nine goals in the this season have come in the second half (89 percent ).
  • Kane was involved in 48% of ’s aims in the within the last 3 seasons (16/33), scoring 13 days and assisting on three occasions.