It’s fair to say that Spurs outplayed Chelsea on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side thrashed the Blues 3-1 at Wembley, moving them above their London rivals into third-place in the Premier League table.
And while everyone’s talking about goal-scorers Harry Kane and super-sub Heung-min Son, perhaps the most outstanding performer on the night was Moussa Sissoko.
In an all-action display, the Frenchman completely ruled the middle of the park; keeping the midfield in check while contributing to the team’s attacking play with some great forward passes.
But personally, we really enjoyed the moment he charged back and clattered into Mateo Kovacic.
It’s not been a good week for Croatians at Wembley, has it?
Yesterday’s performance wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
Sissoko has been truly brilliant this season, regularly being picked for the big games and often excelling – which is a far-cry from the player Spurs fans have been watching in recent years.
Having joined the club from Newcastle at the end of the summer transfer window in 2016, the midfielder has endured a testing time in North London.
In fact, towards the end of last season, he was heavily linked with a move away from the club, having seemingly failed to produce the kinds of performances you’d expect from a £30million-rated player.
But it looks like his career is beginning to take a turn for the better, as he’s been a big part of Spurs’ impressive run of results and starting in each of their last six Premier League matches.
In fact, his run of form has even saw him win back his place in the French national team.
Pochettino was full of praise for the midfielder ahead of the international break, saying: “Sometimes different players need a different amount of time to produce performances in the way that you want.
“But by being honest, professional and always giving your best you can turn the opinion of the people. Quality is so important in football. But quality without effort, being professional and fighting for the team makes it difficult for a player to show that quality.”
Spurs are in the midst of a mini midfield-crisis at the moment, with Moussa Dembele out of the side through injury while Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are slightly out of form.
That just means more game-time for the in-form Sissok.
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