Midfielder holds Tottenham talks with Pochettino, discusses his role in team
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has revealed that he often communicates with Mauricio Pochettino about tactics.
Spurs manager Pochettino is well recognised for his tactical awareness and his teams often match his attacking style.
The Argentinian completed the £30million signing of Sissoko in the summer transfer window as he looked to add further strength to his squad, with the north London club competing both domestically and in Europe this season.
Sissoko has explained that he is full of admiration for Pochettino and that he often talks about his system.
“We have very good relations,” Sissoko told French outlet Foot Mercato. “When I signed this summer, we both talked. He talks to me a lot. As this is a new system, another way to play, he explains how to play, what he expects of me.
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“For me he is a very good coach. It is true that his work requires a lot of intensity in the game, but it pays off. In view of the results, what he does is good.”
Sissoko was an outstanding performer with France at Euro 2016 and earned a move away from Newcastle as a result, with the Magpies suffering relegation to the Championship.
The 27-year-old was a well known target for Premier League side Everton, but Spurs made a deadline-day swoop to take him to White Hart Lane.
He is yet to settle at his new club and is without a goal or an assist in his opening nine games.
Sissoko missed the derby clash as he served the last of his three-game domestic suspension for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry After.
He now faces a tough competitions to force his way into the starting XI, with Erik Lamela, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen all competing for the wing positions.
In other Tottenham news, Micky Hazard has given a sarcastic verdict on two incidents against Arsenal.