‘It takes time to adapt’ – Spurs star looking forward to first full season under Mourinho

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Dom Le Roy

Moussa Sissoko has admitted that the players cannot wait for the new season to start as the team embarks on a new era.

The new campaign starts in a little over a week, with Everton being the first visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 13.

This will be Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge of the Lilywhites, with the Portuguese coach having a mixed record since replacing Mauricio Pochettino as head coach last November.

Sissoko admitted that the players needed time to adapt to the new Spurs boss’ ideas but are now much better prepared.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the midfielder said: “Everyone is excited and looking forward to this new season.

“Last season we had a new manager, and sometimes it takes time to adapt to a new style of play.

“In the last few months we’ve worked hard and during the last few games you could see we were better on the pitch.”

The Frenchman, who is one of many Tottenham first-team stars who are currently away on international duty admitted that squad is keen to make a fast start to the season this time out.

He added: “Hopefully, this will be a great season for us, we’re excited to start the league. We want to start the season well and the first game will be a good opportunity to show that we’re going to compete until the end of the season.

“Before that, we go to internationals, some players will stay and have another game against Watford, I’m sure they will do well and when we all come back, we will work again and try to be ready for the first game. We want to start the season on the front foot.”

The 31-year-old also admitted that the stop-start nature of last season, as well as the shortened break, was a bit strange for the players to deal with.

Sissoko continued: “We had a good break, three weeks was short but better than nothing.

“It was a strange season last year, very long, but I’ve had a few minutes in the legs, now I’m going on international duty and we’re all happy to be back, and ready to go again.”

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The shortened break could actually work to our advantage as we were one of the in-form teams in the final five or six matches of last season. So hopefully, we carry that momentum into the new campaign and make a swift start instead of playing catch up right from the beginning like we did last season.

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