Date: 2nd June 2019 at 10:30am
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Jermaine Jenas has heaped praise on Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko during Tottenham’s 2-0 Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.

Sissoko was involved in the opening goal of the game, with the ball striking the Frenchman’s arm as Liverpool were awarded an early penalty which was converted by Mohamed Salah.

However, the Sissoko recovered from that early set back and was a key figure for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the heart of midfield throughout the game in Madrid.

The midfielder has enjoyed an impressive season for Spurs this term, and has established himself as a key part of Pochettino’s side throughout the campaign, making over 27 Premier League appearances for Pochettino’s side.

Jenas praised Sissoko’s impact on Tottenham this season, following some good defending from the midfielder shielding the ball out of play in the first half of the Champions League final in Madrid.

“Brilliant from Sissoko, uses his body well, strong, he’s been a standout player for Tottenham all year,” Jenas told BT Sport whilst on co-commentary [8:21pm].

OPINION

Jenas was right to signal Sissoko out for praise during the Champions League final against Liverpool, with the Frenchman managing to recover impressively from being involved in Spurs conceding an early penalty. The 29-year-old has enjoyed arguably his best season since joining Tottenham from Newcastle United, and has established himself as a crucial member of Pochettino’s side over the course of the campaign. Sissoko’s powerful presence was an effective tool for Tottenham throughout the final, helping to prevent Liverpool from getting into their usual attacking rhythm despite the Reds getting off to the ideal start. That performance was typical of the Frenchman’s season, with his physical presence helping to not just contain opposition midfielders but also help his side move up the pitch swiftly. Sissoko deserves to be commended for managing to recover from the disappointment of giving away a penalty so early in a game of such magnitude, and it was a recovery which is perhaps synonymous with the comeback he has made in his Tottenham career this term. The Frenchman will be hoping to continue that into next season.