Spurs star admits Mourinho asked him to play a different role against Brentford

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Moussa Sissoko has admitted that he was asked to play a slightly more advanced role than usual against Brentford, which was why he was able to get on the scoresheet.

The midfielder arrived into the box with a late run and was picked out by Sergio Reguilon with a lovely cross, which the Frenchman guided into the top corner with his head.

It was Sissoko’s first goal for the club since Tottenham’s 5-0 over Burnley in December 2019.

After the match, the midfielder admitted that he was given the freedom to make attacking runs when Spurs had possession of the ball against Brentford.

Sissoko told Football.London: “Of course I would like to score more goals and make more assists but it depends on the system we are going to play.

“This time it was one system, without the ball I was playing as a number six, but with the ball I was higher, another eight with Tanguy [Ndombele].

“That’s why I could be in front and make that run when Reguilon crossed for me and I scored. It’s easier to score when I get in the box than when I play as a number six.”

The former Newcastle man also admitted that Mourinho has instilled a winning mentality at the club and that the players are now desperate to get their hands on silverware.

When asked whether the mentality is changing at Spurs, Sissoko responded: “Yeah, we can say that, because we know what type of manager Jose is and what he did in the past.

“I think the chairman brought him here to win trophies and he’s tried to bring that mentality to the team.

“I will not say we didn’t have it before with the old manager but the team is working a lot on it and he pushes hard every day on it. Now it’s good that we reach the final, now we have to win it.”

While the midfielder reiterated the players’ desperation to get their hands on the EFL Cup, he also added that the team will continue to take it one game at a time and that their ambitions this season extend beyond just the Carabao Cup.

Sissoko added: “It’s time to win a trophy. I think it’s been the time for many years but we always missed that kind of opportunity and now we want to take it.

“We have qualified for one final, I hope we are going to win it, there’s still plenty of games before that final and we can still do a lot of things.

“We are still in the race for the league, we’ve got the other cup to play, the Europa League as well and so there’s plenty of things to do with the team this season.

“Let’s believe in ourselves, let’s keep fighting and let’s try to win every game and see what we can do .”

Spurs Web Opinion

In many respects, it would have been beneficial to us had the final gone ahead as planned in February instead of April. If we had won the trophy in February and got that monkey off our backs, it would have given the players plenty of confidence going into the rest of the Premier League and Europa League campaign.

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