Take me to your Moussa Sissoko.
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.Don't blame me. It was Mauricio himself that started all this 'Mission Impossible' stuff. You know Mauricio Pochettino our manager: Tom Cruise but taller, better looking and with talents that Tom would die for.
And like the Film Series of the same name Spurs Impossible Mission Force is still active but this section of the thrilling story has an end date with a final rendezvous in Barcelona on the11th. December. Stay tuned.
Mauricio's reputation at improving players is well established but he cannot claim any credit for Spurs emerging star and last night's MOM Moussa Sissoko. That is not the Moussa Sissoko we bought.
That is an updated and improved Mark 2 replacement for the one captured by aliens about a month ago. Not even MoPo could do that. Even Newcastle fans initially delighted with the 30 million deal are claiming ''We wuz robbed''.
His surging run late in the game and astute lay-off to Dele was pure class. A phrase not usually associated with Moussa in his earlier Spurs career. He took responsibility and played well the whole game. Again.
We may not be able to overcome failures in the earlier rounds but this was another decent performance against a dogged rather than inspired defense minded Italian team hoping to catch us on the break.
We matched them tackle to tackle and foul for foul and put together some enterprising moves. Winks mostly played well and was unlucky not to score. Lamela was fortunate to escape a red with a two footed lunge.
But the match hinged on the late goal by Eriksen from a cute lay off by Dele after Sissoko's run. I am going to award Moussa an Honoury Assist for his part though Dele gets the official honours.
Aurier and Davies maintained their recent improvement; Vertonghen might never have been away; Hugo was there when called upon; Harry Kane did more than just run 'araand' a bit; Lamela and Moura were off the pace.
The arrival of Son livened things up and then Cool Hand Eriksen proved the decisive factor in a game that seemed to be running out of time and space until The Moussa intervened.
Toby's lack of pace when left behind by Icardi forced him to make one of those nasty professionally unprofessional fouls and I am sad to see us joining them if we can't beat them. But that's a discussion for another day.
Barcelona having already qualified top of the group may not be too bothered in the final group game and we have a fighting chance as long as we actually fight.We have to match Inter's final game result against PSV to qualify.
All eyes are now on the NLD on Sunday where anything can happen but you have to fancy our chances to go 6 points above Arsenal though strategically a draw would do. Apart from reputation, pride, momentum and bragging rights of course.
Its the same for same for Barcelona, but at least Lionel might be given the night off. But do we want to face a weakened side just to qualify for the knockout stage?. Er.... that's a yes.
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