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Dortmund Coach Says Sancho’s Quality Not Surprising

Borussia Dortmund’s coach, Edin Terzic, has praised Jadon Sancho’s performance after the on-loan forward played a crucial role in Dortmund’s 1-0 victory against Paris St Germain in their Champions League semi-final first leg. Having transferred to Manchester United in August 2021 for $91.11 million, Sancho returned to Germany following disputes with United manager Erik ten Hag, struggling to secure a consistent starting position.

Sancho’s impressive display on the right wing did not come as a surprise to Terzic, who witnesses the player’s skills in training regularly. “We know his quality and we saw it again today,” Terzic remarked after the Wednesday match, acknowledging the challenge of translating training form to match performance without regular play.

Sancho himself remains focused on the present, appreciating the warm welcome back at Dortmund, a club that offered him his first professional break at age 17. “I really don’t know if I am going to stay. I am just focused on the present right now,” he told CBS Sports.

The English forward’s return has sparked hope among Dortmund fans, particularly after a standout performance that saw him complete 12 successful dribbles—the highest in any Champions League match this season and the most by any English player in the competition’s history.

The future of Sancho at Dortmund is uncertain, complicated by salary disparities with what he earns at United and the English club’s financial pressures under the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules. Despite no clear path at United if Ten Hag stays, the dynamic could change, leaving all options open for Sancho.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s win not only edges them closer to a Champions League final at Wembley Stadium but also secures another Champions League spot for Germany next season—a welcome outcome as Dortmund battles in the Bundesliga, currently in fifth place with three games remaining.

“We wanted to qualify for the Champions League through the Bundesliga and not this way,” Terzic admitted, signaling a mixed blessing from their European success.

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