Sissoko reveals what Spurs teammates thought of Joe Rodon’s debut performance

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Moussa Sissoko has praised Joe Rodon for putting in a fine performance on his full debut for Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

With Toby Alderweireld out injured, the central defender was thrown in at the deep end against the Blues and, barring a couple of nervy moments which almost cost his side the game, the 23-year-old coped admirably with the pressure.

When asked about the former Swansea man’s display, Sissoko told Football.London: “I think we are all happy with him defensively. He was strong and he won a lot of balls, fighting.

“He came on against City and did well. His first start [against Chelsea] was good. Hopefully, he will get better and better.”

Jose Mourinho said after the game that his players were disappointed not to have won all three points and suggested that it signalled a change of mentality in the squad.

When asked about the Spurs boss’ comments, Sissoko responded: “Yeah he’s right. We could do better, but we are top of the league and we took a point at Chelsea, so it’s not bad.”

Tottenham have no time to rest on their laurels as they have a crucial North London Derby coming up next Sunday.

While Sissoko admitted that the clash against Arsenal will be a huge game, he claimed that the players are first focussed on beating LASK on Thursday and sealing their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The France international said: “First of all we have to be focused on the Europa League game [against LASK], because it’s going to be an important game to win.

“If we do this it’s going to be the best way to prepare for Arsenal. We know Arsenal is going to be a tough battle. So let’s do everything to win that Europa League game. Then we can focus on Arsenal.”

The midfielder, like his manager, brushed aside questions about a possible title challenge, insisting that it is too early to entertain those thoughts.

When asked about Spurs’ title hopes, Sissoko responded: “It’s too early to speak about the title, but like we always said, we are going to play every game to win.

“In a couple of months, we will see where we are. We are going to play every game strongly and try to achieve something. It will be difficult but we are playing really well.”

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