Moussa Sissoko claims he never considered quitting Tottenham despite feeling “hurt” by team selections by Mauricio Pochettino that affected his international career.The midfielder is a key member of Pochettino’s Spurs side and has started all four of Tottenham’s Premier League matches in 2019-20, but two years ago it was a different story for Sissoko.While preparing for France’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Albania, the 30-year-old reflected on a 2017-18 campaign in which he started just 15 league games for Spurs and missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winning Les Bleus squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “Not being at the 2018 World Cup was of course a disappointment, but not an end in itself,” Sissoko told Le Parisien.”I was aware of having a complicated year with my Tottenham club. The coach’s choices hurt me, but it’s the law of football. The only thing to do was to redouble efforts. To abandon everything would have been a descent into hell.”I did not want to stay on a failure. I never thought of leaving Tottenham, it gave me even more the desire to do well.”I have a winning mind, it has been like that throughout my career. I do not make any noise, I do not come in the media to say that I had to play.”A good derby with 1point taken even we wanted the victory.Thanks to the fans, now let’s place to @equipedefrance #COYS #MS17 pic.twitter.com/7eUdWa1gym — Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) September 1, 2019 Sissoko bounced back in 2018-19, starting 27 league games and playing a vital role in Spurs’ run to the Champions League final, where they lost to Liverpool.He has found his home in Tottenham’s midfield this season as one of two deep-lying players alongside Harry Winks, but he admitted he needed time to adapt to Pochettino’s desired style of play.”Perhaps I have never felt as strong as today,” said Sissoko.”I am comfortable, fulfilled, confident. It is often said that the best form of a player is between 28 and 30 years old. I did not believe it before, but I have certainly had my best season since playing football. I must continue to ride this wave.”Last season, I played 95 per cent of the games as an axial midfielder. This is where I have the most success, where I express myself best.”I have assimilated our possession game. It took time, but I like it there a lot.”
Manchester United midfielder Fred admits the underperforming Red Devils have to accept the criticism being aimed in their direction and “shut up and work on the pitch”.The 2019-20 campaign is proving to be another testing one for all concerned at Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeing questions asked of his future, while a number of supposedly star players are failing to convince with their performances on the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Brazil international midfielder Fred is among those failing to inspire confidence, with the 26-year-old facing accusations of being a £52.5 million ($70m) flop.He accepts that more is required from both himself and his team-mates, with the Red Devils having no argument against their detractors – who include a number of club legends.Fred told Esporte Interativo after seeing the likes of Gary Neville and Roy Keane condemn United’s efforts: “They are within their rights, they’ve won many titles with this club. We have to shut up and work on the pitch.“Some critics are pointless, but many can offer me lessons.“I like to read what people are saying about my performances. With that, I can try to get better.”Fred is fully aware of the size of the challenge he faces at United as the South American tries to come to terms with the opportunity he has been afforded.He added: “I do understand it.“Every day when I arrive at the training ground, when I see those big letters with the name of the club, I pinch myself.“So I know this club is gigantic. I like to read about its history, best players and historical moments.“It hasn’t been great times for us, our rivals are winning titles and we’re not even in the Champions League. It makes our fans sad and I feel sad as well.“This club deserves silverware and we’re going to fight to get better. We have to put United back in the place it should never have left.”Fred claims to be feeling “way better and more settled” in his surroundings during a second season in England and hopes to be given time in which to prove his worth.He is also looking for patience to be shown with Solskjaer and considers the Norwegian to be the right man to take the club forward despite the struggles being endured at present.Fred added supportively: “It’s the beginning of his work, even [Sir Alex] Ferguson had difficult times in his first years. I’m positive everything is going to get better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Canada reiterated the desire for the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that a process of accountability is established that will have the trust and confidence of the victims of this war.“To this end, Sri Lanka should fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges.We continue to call on the Government of Sri Lanka to set a clear timetable and strategy for implementation to ensure that the commitments made to its people are fulfilled, and that human rights for the people of Sri Lanka are protected and respected,” Canada said. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian delegation in Geneva said that Canada was disappointed by the slow progress in implementing commitments to advance peace and reconciliation, political stability, Human Rights and Government accountability. At the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Canada strongly demanded that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process.In a statement to the UNHRC during its ongoing 37th session,Canada said it fully supports efforts to bring dignity and justice to all those affected by Human Rights violations and abuses. “The end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war was an important moment, but it was only a first step. Frustrations persist amongst those seeking to heal the wounds of all those who suffered and wish to achieve real reconciliation,” Canada said.