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Savage assessment from Pochettino on absent Moussa Sissoko

4 years ago
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Moussa Sissoko won’t have been comforted by what Mauricio Pochettino had to say about him following the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Having been left out of the Spurs team that lost to Monaco and went out of the Champions League on Tuesday, Saturday saw Pochettino take it a step further.

The Tottenham Manager leaving Moussa Sissoko out of the squad altogether.

Asked about the absence of Spurs’ big signing of the summer, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that there was no injury and that simply, Sissoko wasn’t at Stamford Bridge but sitting at home watching the game.

As for leaving him totally out of the matchday, the Spurs boss said Moussa Sissoko has to work hard and show in the future why he ‘deserves to be in the team’.

In Monaco on Tuesday, Pochettino played 20 year old Harry Winks ahead of Sissoko in that make or break Champions League match.

Against Chelsea, Sissoko was even overlooked for a place on the bench in favour of four players aged 18, 19, 20 and 21 respectively.

With rumours that he was a Daniel Levy signing rather than the manager’s, Pochettino has nothing to make anybody think differently.

Since arriving from Newcastle, in four months the French international has only completed one 90 minutes in the Premier League, plus only making one start in the Champions League.

It is clear now that it is Spurs supporters as well as Newcastle fans, who are wondering how on earth NUFC banked £30m for this chancer.

Mauricio Pochettino:

“He (Moussa Sissoko) was at home, he wasn’t here.

“He needs to work hard and to show in future that he deserves to be in the team.

“The players need to be focused on playing, to talk on the pitch.

“We cannot change the fact we are Tottenham and we are in a different process, I am happy with my squad.

“We feel very disappointed to be out of the Champions League but we cannot do anything more on that.

“We are in a good position in the Premier League. The unbeaten record is gone, after 13 games and the way we lost it is difficult to accept because we were better than Chelsea.

“It was a very different performance to Monaco. To be fresh to play in both competitions is too difficult. We need to learn about that and try to do things better.”

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