International boss says 31-year-old Spurs star is ‘feared by his opponents’

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Moussa Sissoko

France manager, Didier Deschamps has lavished praise on Moussa Sissoko, insisting that the Tottenham midfielder is feared by his opponents.

Sissoko is one of the most experienced members of the French set-up, having been capped 66 times by Les Blues so far.

The 31-year-old has been picked quite regularly by Deschamps and was one of France’s best players in their Euro 2016 campaign.

The former Newcastle man started the season well for Spurs, forming a formidable partnership with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in front of the back four but he has fallen down Jose Mourinho’s pecking order over recent months.

However, that did not stop Deschamps from naming Sissoko in the France squad for their World Cup Qualifiers, along with Tanguy Ndombele and captain Hugo Lloris.

While both Lloris and Ndombele started on Sunday in France’s 2-0 win over Kazakhstan, Sissoko came on as a late substitute, replacing his Tottenham teammate in midfield.

L’Equipe (as relayed by Sport Witness) have done a feature on Sissoko and the publication have been quite complimentary of the Spurs man.

They quote someone close to the experienced midfielder saying that he “plays a real role of a big brother” to the younger players in the France squad.

The article also quotes Deschamps saying about the Tottenham man: “He gives, he gives, he is greatly appreciated by his teammates and feared by his opponents.”

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One can understand where Deschamps is coming from as Sissoko can be a nightmare to play against given his engine, pace and physicality. While he is obviously lacking in technical quality, one cannot fault his effort or commitment. Just like with the Les Blues, Sissoko clearly also seems quite popular in the Tottenham dressing room.

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