Moussa Sissoko has backed Tottenham to return to form
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Friday, February 17, 2017
Moussa Sissoko believes Tottenham’s recent slump is just a blip and insists they can still turn around their Europa League loss to Gent.
Spurs’ 1-0 defeat in Belgium means they have managed only two victories in their last six, having won their previous seven matches in a row.
It is a run that threatens to undermine their whole season given Tottenham face Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday before the second leg against Gent at Wembley and a Premier League game at home to Stoke.
Three poor results could see Mauricio Pochettino’s men exit both cup competitions and drop out of the top four – but Sissoko is backing Spurs to recover their groove.
“We won seven games in a row so it was a good performance,” Sissoko said.
“Everyone knows how we play and they try to give 100 per cent against Tottenham.
“We saw it against Gent – it was a hard game and they won but like I said it’s only the first battle, we have another one soon so we have to do everything to get through to the next round.
“Every team we play has a different style but we have a philosophy of how to play. Sometimes it’s working, sometimes it is a little bit harder, like against Gent.
“We still keep going in that way because that is how we work and how we did well in the past. It’s just a bad moment but we will come back stronger.”
Jeremy Perbet scored Gent’s winner at the Ghelamco Arena as an out-of-sorts Tottenham side struggled for their usual energy and creativity.
They will still be favourites to win at Wembley but one away goal there for Gent would leave Pochettino’s men needing to score three to go through.
“It wasn’t an easy game. We knew it wouldn’t be,” Sissoko said.
“They played well, showed some character and fight. They tried to play and build from the back. We tried everything but they were aggressive and compact so it wasn’t easy.
“They scored the first goal and we tried everything for 1-1 but we couldn’t score.
“We lost and we are all disappointed but we play them again next week and we will do everything to win the game.”