Moussa Sissoko was scared of Jose Mourinho at first
When you get used to a manager at a club, players often get mixed feelings when a new manager comes in to coach them even if the manager is a world-class one. Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko claimed that he was, at first, scared when Jose Mourinho arrived at the White Hart Lane as the new manager of the club and his ability to make the team better title challengers this season.
The Portuguese manager is, most times, loved by the team he has coached before; this Spurs' team is not an exception. Sissoko, who is currently running on his fourth campaign with the North London club, said he was a bit anxious when he realized they were having the Portuguese man as the new coach.
Speaking to Standard Sport, the former Newcastle United star said: "[I was] a little anxious because you don’t know [him] and he is a strong man with a lot of character, you don’t know exactly what you will get. Of course, you know you will get a good manager with a lot of experience but, when it comes to relationships, you are a little bit scared!"
The Spurs were unable to secure a spot for themselves in the Champions League in Mourinho's first season with the club. However, the manager has helped the team to an impressive Premier League so far this season, after claiming a victorious win against Manchester United on Gameweek 4.
Sissoko, on the other hand, thinks the North London club is lucky to have a manager like Mourinho. A manager capable of winning games and titles.Speaking to Mirror, he said: “It's good to have a manager who knows how to win. It's as simple as that. Every club wants to win trophies, to win every week. Of course, everyone would like to have a team playing great football, creating a lot of chances, and giving the opponents no occasion to score.”
He continued: “But the main thing is to win games. He [Mourinho] knows how to do it and he's done it many times. But he also knows how to play, to give a difficult time to the opponent. Having a mix of both is perfect. So let's use it.”
The 31-year-old midfielder began his professional journey with French club Toulouse, where he spent six seasons before opting for a move to Newcastle United during the winter transfer window in 2013 amid interests coming from several European giants.
In his final campaign with the Magpies, Sissoko was handed the captain armband to lead the team for the final six games of the 2015/16 season. He led the team to a six-game unbeaten run inspiring draws against Liverpool and Manchester City before securing a 5-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur for the last game, every fan should see the btts tip before the match was played. But this unbeaten run was unable to save Newcastle from relegating back to the EFL that year.
Not long after, the French midfielder moved to the White Hart Lane in the summer of 2016 in a £30 million deal.
Ever since Sissoko has been an integral part of the Spurs' team. He was pivotal for the team as they reached the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League final, which they ended up losing the trophy to their league rival Liverpool.
For the 2020/21 campaign, Moussa Sissoko remains pivotal for Tottenham as they seek to challenge for the Premier League title this campaign.