After Mourinho's criticism, stats suggest Davinson Sanchez is being used perfectly by Pochettino

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) is shown a red card by referee Gianluca Rocchi  as Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur appeals during the UEFA Champions League group H...

Davinson Sanchez has impressed in his first two starts for Tottenham Hotspur.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) is shown a red card by referee Gianluca Rocchi  as Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur appeals during the UEFA Champions League group H...

Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins in a row this week as they followed up their 3-0 win at Everton by defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League.

After a patchy August, Spurs have kicked off September in style, and new signing Davinson Sanchez will certainly be happy with his start to life in North London.

Colombian centre back Sanchez, 21, joined Spurs from Ajax last week in a deal that could see him become Tottenham's club-record signing, having impressed in his one season in the Netherlands.

Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund is tackled by Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at...

Sanchez has started both of Tottenham's games this week, and Mauricio Pochettino may well have found the perfect way to use the young centre back amid recent criticism from Jose Mourinho.

After facing and beating Ajax in the Europa League final back in May, Manchester United boss Mourinho told Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal that he set his side up to make sure that Ajax played out from the back with Sanchez rather than Matthijs de Ligt, as Sanchez wasn't as technically gifted on the ball.

That could have been a concern for Spurs, given that they play out from the back under Pochettino, but the Tottenham boss appears to be putting Sanchez in a situation that masks his deficiencies and accentuates his skills – as a top manager should.

Stats from Wednesday's game with Dortmund showed that Sanchez played the fewest number of passes of any player that started for Spurs, as well as the fewest number of touches of the ball.

Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur and Davy Klaassen of Everton battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September...

Pochettino appears to be using Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld either side of Sanchez as they are better on the ball, enabling the new signing to play as the deeper, most central centre back in the three-man defence, where he can cover for his two defensive partners given that he quicker across the ground.

Sanchez made the most clearances of the three Spurs centre backs, suggesting that he will serve as a slightly more traditional centre back, whilst Alderweireld and Vertonghen get on the ball and push forward, with Pochettino seemingly confident that Sanchez has the range to get across the pitch if left exposed.

Mourinho's comments highlighted some of Sanchez's issues, and whilst he can develop on the ball under Pochettino, just as Eric Dier has, the Spurs boss is currently adapting his defensive setup and using Sanchez perfectly.

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