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'It has been difficult' - Pochettino defends Sissoko

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Pin Moussa Sissoko with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou. Goal
Moussa Sissoko with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou. Goal

'It has been difficult' - Pochettino defends Sissoko

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The midfielder moved to White Hart Lane for £30 million on transfer deadline day in the summer but has flattered to deceive, leading his manager to try to explain his troubles

Mauricio Pochettino has defended Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, despite having previously criticised his performances following his £30 million move from Newcastle United.

Sissoko joined Spurs on transfer deadline day in the summer, after becoming part of a tug-of-war between Pochettino’s side and Everton.

However, the France international, who sparkled at Euro 2016, has flattered to deceive in north London, and was left out of the matchday squad for last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea.

Pochettino subsequently questioned Sissoko’s commitment, telling reporters: "He has failed to live up to expectations. Football is not about money. 

"You need to show on the training ground you are better than another team-mate and you deserve to be involved".

However, Pochettino has now backtracked on his comments and, speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Swansea City, attempted to explain the 27-year-old’s performances.

“It has been difficult," Pochettino said. 

"He signed on the last day, August 31, he goes to France for international duty, without pre-season, he came back, he got concussion, he was suspended for three games, so it was very difficult for him to adapt and fit into the team.

"After two and a half years, all of our players that come with us always struggle to fit and to cope with our pressure at the start.

"Sure, it's not easy for them and he's 27 and with different habits and it's not easy for him. It's not easy for anybody.

"I have been happy with his attitude this week. He trained very hard but it is not a big issue for me. All the players need to understand that we are a 24-man squad. I am the boss."

Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.



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