Hugo Lloris Insists Moussa Sissoko Still Has a Place in the National Team for Next Year’s World Cup despite Lingering Injury Issues
August 2016 witnessed numerous football signings across Europe. As the domestic league kicks off, several clubs unveiled marquee signings to clinch the highly coveted domestic title, and even going much further to lift the UEFA Champions League. Much closer to home, Moussa Sissoko was recently unveiled as Tottenham’s Hotspurs’ marquee signing. The premier league went out on a limb to obtain the services of the Frenchman from Newcastle at a reasonable 30 million British pounds. Despite commanding such a fee, the record signing hardly made any impact on the team, with just eight starts last season.
According to Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s coach, Sissoko failed to live up to expectations in the Premier League while sustaining several niggling injuries. To worsen the situation, Sissoko was recently omitted from the squad’s tour of the U.S. courtesy of illness. Despite being on the receiving end of various obstacles, his countryman, Hugo Lloris, believes his compatriot urgently needs more game time to guarantee his participation in the 2018 World Cup.
As the country puts in adequate preparations to make to the final and even win the World Cup, Lloris insists Sissoko should step up and bolster his starting place not only in the Club but the national team as well. However, the final decision rests with the player, and only he can make the necessary changes to bring around adequate changes. More importantly, Lloris credits his team mate’s character as an integral component in overturning his current predicament.
Based on reliable findings, Sissoko has been gearing up in practice while also complying with set rules regarding nutrition and fitness. As France reels in from a shocking and disappointing Euro 2016 performance at the hands of Portugal, the national team is leaving nothing to chance as it prepares for the World Cup qualifiers. In essence, every fit player comes in handy as they attempt to rectify the wrongs witnessed during the last European showpiece. Widely tipped as the favorites, France failed to live up to its brilliance and lift the coveted Euro trophy.
On a domestic level, Lloris’s presence at the club has been marred by disappointing campaigns that failed to lift any significant trophy. Despite possessing a team of highly coveted players such as Harry Kane and Dele Ali, it remains a mystery why the club failed to win a trophy in the last five years. More disappointing is the imminent departure of several players who now feel the club doesn’t have what it takes to rival the top four the Premier League Trophy. For starters, Lloris currently seems frustrated as Kyle Walker (a player of high caliber) left the club and joined Manchester City to boost their title chance during the upcoming season.
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