Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho scored and assisted for the third game in a row as BVB beat RB Leizpig on Matchday 15, with the English winger on track to get back to his best in the Bundesliga.
The 20-year-old scored his first goal of the campaign with his 26th shot on goal of the season, a far cry from the 17 he scored from 53 shots on goal last campaign, but the Englishman says he is happy to be moving in the right direction again in terms of his form on the pitch after hitting his second in as many games against Leipzig.
"Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally," Sancho told bundesliga.com after his side's 3-1 win at Leipzig. "So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go. I'm working hard every day in training and on the pitch so I'm just happy to get my goals and assists."
Sancho's boost in form has coincided with the appointment of Edin Terzic as the club's head coach for the remainder of 2020/21. Dortmund have won three of their four games so far under the 38-year-old Dortmund-born coach, with Sancho providing a goal and assist in each of their last three wins including a DFB Cup second-round triumph over Eintracht Braunschweig.
Terzic believes it was only a matter of time before Sancho rediscovered his form in black and yellow.
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"It's just small adjustments," Terzic told ESPN after the win at the Red Bull Arena. "Sometimes you have to accelerate on your first touch, don't get the opponent into situations where he can create two-vs-ones. We spoke a lot but Jadon was always doing his best in the last weeks and months, but sometimes it's like that.
"Players are not always performing on this level. He knew that. He stayed hungry and we tried to support him as a team. We tried to support him individually. It worked out well in the last three games. He scored three goals, and now three assists also. He's in a good way to get into his best form."
Sancho will be looking to maintain his scoring run against Mainz on Matchday 16 at the Signal Iduna Park before crucial fixtures against close rivals in the table Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach away from home in successive weeks.
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