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Potential Sissoko return relieves pressure on Pochettino

Potential Sissoko return relieves pressure on Pochettino

According to the Tottenham Hotspur website, Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is in contention to play in the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea tomorrow. 

Spurs carry a slender 1-0 lead into their second leg at Stamford Bridge, but have had a raft of injuries since their first meeting. Both Harry Kane and Dele Alli have sustained serious injuries, while Son Heung-min is with South Korea at the Asian Games.

Kane’s ankle injury stole the headlines after Tottenham’s loss to Man United at Wembley two weeks ago, but Sissoko also sustained a groin injury in that match as well, as he hobbled off just before half time. The club feared that he would miss up to a month of football, so this is a timely return that will ease a huge amount of pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentinian would have been struggling to work out how he would shape his team ahead of the trip across London to Chelsea tomorrow. The Frenchman relieves a huge amount of that pressure, particularly due to his versatility.


Sissoko has primarily been deployed as a defensive midfielder so far this season, but with Harry Winks in the team, and Eric Dier potentially making a return, Sissoko could play in a more attacking role, coming straight in for Alli.

Sissoko offers something different to Alli, and his direct dribbling and attitude may actually be an advantage against a Chelsea team that will surely dominate possession. The 29-year-old offers a counter-attacking option further up the field which Spurs lacked in the first leg when they were under pressure. This return could be pivotal to success tomorrow.

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