Moussa Sissoko highlights what Spurs must do to Ajax

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Dom Le Roy

Moussa Sissoko has urged his Tottenham Hotspur team mates not to dwell on the defeat to Bournemouth as the club head into one of the biggest weeks in their history.

Spurs head to Amsterdam on Wednesday evening looking to overturn a 1-0 loss from the first leg of the Champions League semi final first leg against Ajax.

Sissoko has been one of Tottenham’s bright points in what has been a turbulent season, having suffered a surprising thirteen defeats in the top flight.

The French midfielder came off the bench for the injured Jan Vertonghen in the 39th minute of the first leg and helped to turn the tone of the match when Mauricio Pochettino decided to switch from a 3-4-3 to 4-2-3-1 system when Spurs managed to get their foot on the ball more often and offered more in the final third during the second half.

Despite a poor run of form which spans back to February, Sissoko is full of belief that Spurs can book their place in the final of Europe’s most prestigious cup competition for the first time in their history and has highlighted the importance of scoring early at the Johan Cryuff arena.

“We don’t have to think too much [about the Bournemouth defeat] because another game is coming on Wednesday and we have to make sure we are ready for that game.” he told The Guardian.

“It is not every week we can play in this type of match.  Even away we still have a chance to win and we have to believe in ourselves. That is what we will try to do.

“I think this week will be the biggest of the season for us. We have to be positive in our mind and not think too much. We know we have quality, we know we can beat these two teams but we to show it on the pitch. I’m sure we will do it.

“If you are in the semi-finals of the Champions League and the next season you are not in the competition, it will be a bit painful, but I don’t think about that. I’m sure in my head, like everyone, that we will be in the Champions League next season and for that we have to play a massive game on Wednesday to try to go to the final and beat Everton.

“I think the good thing is Ajax is a team that likes to play. I don’t think they will stick together at the back, sit at the back and only try to defend. I think they will try to play, try to score and, for us, we know we have to score as early as possible.”

 

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