The arrival of José Mourinho at Tottenham has brought a lot of positive change at the north London club after a tough run under Mauricio Pochettino.
He won his first three games in charge before losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and the general mood around the team appears to have lifted, especially in certain players.
Serge Aurier is a good example of a man who has found a new lease of life under the Portuguese, as has Moussa Sissoko, who recently scored the fifth goal in the 5-0 win over Burnley last weekend.
The French midfielder was invited to RMC Sport’s Breaking Foot on Thursday evening, where he discussed the first few weeks under Mourinho.
He said: “When he arrived, the team was mentally damaged. I think that you could see that. He tried to be positive with everyone and give them confidence. It was the main thing that needed doing. We had the quality. There was just a lack of confidence in a lot of players. The mental aspect was important. His arrival helped the entire group”.
As for Sissoko himself, the France international has seen his use change a bit, sitting in front of the defence in a more restrained role.
He explained: “It’s gone rather well. I alternate, because he knows I can play there or higher. I bend myself to the will of the manager and the group. He’s put stuff in place. Aurier plays much higher. We also play differently against different teams, like Manchester United, where we played with a different system. We change depending on the team to cause them difficulties”.
Sissoko has been a regular under both Pochettino and Mourinho, making 22 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring twice and assisting another two for his teammates.