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Tottenham player Davinson Sanchez says his current boss Jose Mourinho stole the Europa League from him in 2017. Sanchez was part of the Ajax side beaten 2-0 by Mourinho’s Manchester United in Stockholm.
Sanchez claims he is set to help Spurs go all the way this time around ahead of tomorrow’s last 16 clash with Dinamo Zagreb.
He said: “Does it make me more motivated to win this trophy? Definitely! I know what it means to arrive in the final and try to get the trophy. That moment was not possible for me. But the good thing is I had the right person who in that moment just stopped me, stole my trophy in that moment.
“And that was the gaffer, who is here right now with me. So of course the motivation always is there when you are in a tournament that you had the chance to get it before. I think Tottenham is capable to do it. We are doing everything seriously to arrive in the final. It’s a team that has the player as and the quality and the squad to do it, and of course the manager knows very well how to be there.”
Paul Pogba opened the scoring and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the second in what turned out to be a one-sided game. Mourinho’s men are already in the Carabao Cup final and fancy their chances of going all the way in the Europa League.
Sanchez said: “The Europa League is very important to us. The same as the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. It has taken our best to get here but it’s just what we deserve. We prepare well for every game we are facing. We will be ready for the occasion tomorrow. We know if we have the right attitude, we will face a good team and stop the problems they can create.”
Sanchez also says he would be scared to face Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Heung-min Son in their current form.
He said: “Definitely! I train with them every day. They are just quality. But it’s not just them. Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Carlos Vinicius can all show that type of quality as well.”