Davinson Sanchez reacts to Jose Mourinho criticism

Jose Mourinho the head coach

The Tottenham Hotspur defender has laughed off a famous claim by Jose Mourinho.

Spurs player Davinson Sanchez in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur's Davinson Sanchez is well aware that Jose Mourinho once tried to target him during his stint at Manchester United.

Mourinho led the Red Devils to a Europa League title in 2017 as the Premier League giants beat Ajax 2-0 in Sweden.

Sanchez, who hadn't signed for Tottenham at that time, was playing for the Dutch giants and the legendary manager later made headlines for revealing that he set up his United team to exploit the Colombian centre-back.

The Portuguese allowed Ajax to have 69 percent possession, a result of letting the young centre-back duo Matthijs de Ligt and Sanchez play out from the back.

 

“A different opinion!” the Spurs defender told Standard Sport.

“I know about it and my reaction was, ‘Give me the ball to play now!’ Not to show him, just to do my job. That experience puts me in a better position to be here and see how life is.”

Mourinho's thinking was that the Tottenham star isn't as technically gifted as De Ligt and therefore would make mistakes.

Thing is, Sanchez clearly is a very accomplished and talented ball-player. If he wasn't, Mauricio Pochettino wouldn't have signed him for a then-club record £42 million.

He needs some work, but the South American stalwart is still only 23 years of age and will therefore get a lot better - especially under a manager like Pochettino.

Juventus' forward from Brazil Douglas Costa (R) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg...

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