Jadon Sancho believes the popular EA Sports title Fifa have made him too weak in the latest instalment of their game.
Sancho has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in European football right now, having scored eight goals and provided 13 assists across 28 games in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund this season.
How good is Jadon Sancho? Five key things to know…
- Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund from Man City in 2017.
- The 18-year-old has made 40 appearances for the BVB first team so far.
- Sancho has scored nine goals and provided 15 assists in total for the current Bundesliga leaders.
- His form has earned him a senior England call-up, picking up three caps so far.
- Sancho’s Dortmund face Spurs in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night.
The 18-year-old has made more successful dribbles (64) than any other player in the Bundesliga this season and, given his excellent ability when in possession of the ball, Sancho believes Fifa’s strength rating of 50 seriously underestimates him.
Most take-ons completed in the Bundesliga this season:
64 – Jadon Sancho
46 – Daniel Caligiuri
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Sancho was asked by the Telegraph which stats Fifa had got wrong in relation to the Dortmund squad and responded without hesitation: “Me! I am stronger than they say.”
The England international admitted he knew how big a club Dortmund were ahead of his move to Germany because of how well they performed on the popular video game.
“They’re a very big club to me – on [the video game] Fifa especially!” he added. “When we used to have tournaments that team always used to go far.”
Sancho went on to claim that his Dortmund team-mates are far better in real life than on the game.
“Yeah, way better,” he replied when asked to compare. “Some of the stats are crazy.”
Dortmund face Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday in the Champions League last 16.
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Sancho opens up on coping with life abroad
Born in Camberwell, south London, Sancho was snapped up by the Watford academy when he was just 11, meaning he had to move to Hertfordshire at a young age.
As daunting as that was, the winger believes that experience stood him in good stead when it came to making his move abroad in 2017.
“Me being so comfortable being abroad, I think it’s due to the fact I’ve always been away from home from young,” he added.
“When I first left home it was very difficult, Harefield Academy [the Hertfordshire boarding school] when I was at Watford. It was difficult because I wasn’t used to it. I was always with my mum.
“The first couple of years were very tough, and then as I got older, people started to tell me, ‘It’s either this, or going back home.’ And I always loved football, so I always chose the hard option.”