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Borussia Dortmund didn’t have the best of times visiting the Camp Nou the other night.
Even though a defeat would definitely have spelt trouble for Barcelona despite them leading the group at the moment, the Germans simply couldn’t contest them and ended up losing 3-1.
And as it usually is, Lionel Messi was a huge reason why the lads in yellow and black simply couldn’t touch the Blaugrana when they were in the zone.
Still, they ended up putting up a good fight, especially in the second half and the latter stages of the game, which, interestingly enough, coincided with the introduction of Jadon Sancho.
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The 19-year-old talent started the game on the bench but successfully shifted the tides, or at least put his team on the front foot, once he was introduced in the final 45 minutes of the game.
Lucien Favre, his coach, justified that decision by stating Sancho is not fully focused, as quoted by Express:
“We need players on the pitch who are focused and ready.”
But with a banger of a goal and a big overall contribution, the young Englishman really did seem focused and ready to go out there and prove a point.
Apart from netting Borussia Dortmund’s only strike, he also recorded 50 touches on the night – despite playing just a single half of football – one key pass, one big chance created, one successful dribble and made two shots on target.
By all means, if Dortmund even had a chance of somehow coming back from the initial 3-0 deficit, it was through him.
For that reason, the links to Manchester United, who still seem to be in pole position to actually land the youngster and take him back to England, seem rather justified.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly likes the gem and when everything is said done, what is there not to like?
After all, Sancho has already bagged six goals and nine assists across all competitions this season and the Red Devils could definitely use a game-changer like that in their squad.
His £100m price tag and heavy competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Barcelona themselves, however, might prove to be problematic.
Only time will tell…
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have been handed a big blow in their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur’s star who might be staying put after a recent blockbuster evaluation…