Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko claims that he has finally started to settle into White Hart Lane after failing to cope up with Mauricio Pochettino’s intense training schedule, which as a result caused the player to perform poorly for Spurs.
Sissoko was dropped from Spurs’ matchday squad after Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea on 26th November. Manager, Pochettino also criticized the player during a press conference and said that “Football is not about money” referring to the player’s bulging transfer fee.
Pochettino later added: “You need to show on the training ground you are better than another team-mate and you deserve to be involved.”
Earlier in the season, Sissoko suffered a suspected concussion before he was suspended for three games for elbowing Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.
The 27 year old French midfielder started just his fifth match for Spur’s since joining from Newcastle United, in their 3-0 victory over Hull Tigers in midweek, and also got a standing ovation from the North London crowd when he was subbed off with five minutes to go.
Sissoko claims: “I found the intensity of the training difficult. The style of how he wants us to play. A lot of things. What we do at the training. It was a lot of change. Every manager has his style of training so now I understand everything.”
The former Toulouse midfielder, also said that Pochettino is a physically demanding manager and this led to a big change for him, as his former team Newcastle are totally different and adopt a different style of play.
Since making his 30 million move from the Tyneside club, Sissoko has made a total of 9 appearances for Spurs and according to Squawka the midfielder possesses a total of 13% shot accuracy, with an average pass accuracy of 84%.
As for manager Mauricio Pochettino, he needs to play Sissoko behind Harry Kane in a free role, with a changed formation of 3-4-2-1 helping the player to flourish and support Kane and other strikers, as well as score a few goals for himself. Pochettino played Sissoko in the wings in previous matches, which didn’t help the midfielder but this new change of system definitely suits Sissoko’s style of play as he showed in his impressive performance against Hull.
Sissoko also added: “We played a different system so I was more inside. That is what I like.”