|Desc||It should come as no surprise that Moussa Sissoko is Spurs’ speediest player. His pace is the main reason the club agreed to pay Newcastle £30 million. Mauricio Pochettino wanted a different type of forward, who – in the manager’s own words – could ‘break the line’ and add a new directness to Tottenham|
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2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Moussa Sissoko sympathises with Pogba as ‘nothing works’ for Man Utd star] I see the stories about [Pogba] in the newspaper or on TV. I wouldn’t say I’m shocked but the way I know him is totally different [to that]. This kind [of thing] happened to me as well. Sometimes people only see what happens on the pitch. Maybe you’re not playing well. That doesn’t mean you’re not trying to give everything. Sometimes you give everything and nothing works. Sometimes it’s because something has happened in your private life, so you’re not well. The thing to do is be yourself, stay focused on yourself, try to ignore what people are saying. The most important thing is having the confidence of your team-mates, the manager and the staff. So keep working and your quality will come back. That’s the only way to success again.
[He hopes to act as an inspiration to others, with current club colleague Tanguy Ndombele among those who need to remain patient and confident in their own ability] I was proud to be given a new contract, especially because of how it was for me at the beginning at Spurs. That means I deserve it because of my work. I stayed focused, I never gave up and that’s why the new contract came. When you get to 30, maybe it’s not what Tottenham [usually] do, so I can only be happy. I’m a good example [for Tanguy]. If this kind of [difficult] situation happens with Tanguy, I will tell him to follow the same way. But at the moment there’s no reason to worry. He’s focused only on his work. He has a lot of injuries since he came but he’s doing well and this week he’s back with us [in training]. He reminds me of myself because when I came to England with Newcastle I couldn’t speak any English and it wasn’t easy
2020 04 07 Retrieve
[Mourinho had replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager] We’re happy with Mourinho. He brought a new freshness. We aren’t going to spit on what Pochettino did, he brought the club to a new level, but now our future is Jose Mourinho. We have objectives, fourth place is still doable. We’re going to do everything. At one point, we had a lot of games, injuries, important players missing. The team was put in difficulty, we had bad results, we’re aware of that. If we have the chance to start the league again, everyone will be fit. We’ll be at full strength.
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Tottenham pair Serge Aurier & Moussa Sissoko apologise for ignoring social distancing guidelines] We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing. We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here. We must all respect the Government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic. We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.
2020 06 04 Retrieve
[Doubts cast on Dembele departure from Barcelona as agent addresses transfer talk] I don’t expect Dembele to leave Barcelona this summer. Ousmane Dembele signed for Barcelona almost three years ago and he has already had enough time to establish himself in the club and prove his value. It’s possible that he will never show his quality at the club. He is still a player with huge potential, but I think this summer could be the right opportunity for Barcelona to sell or even exchange him for a player they’re chasing already. He’s been unlucky with injuries, but he might also have tried to give more at some moments. Things haven’t gone according to expectations and he might be able to revive his career at another club where he will feel more confident to play at his best. Barcelona seem to be trying to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez, so Dembele will probably struggle to get in the first team next season. Additionally, Barcelona would need to reduce its squad and earn some money if they really want to succeed in bringing in their current targets. To sign new players, others must leave