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Bissouma has been one of the catalysts for Spurs’ superb start to the season under Postecoglou despite being singled out for criticism under former boss Antonio Conte.
Postecoglou told Bissouma on his first day that he saw the midfielder as a key part of his plans…only for him to arrive late the following day.
‘That day I had a little problem with my car,’ said Bissouma. ‘I arrived late, he caught me and he said if you want to be a leader you need to be on time. I said I’m sorry, I told him why. We fixed it and from that day on I've always been on time.
‘I had a flat tyre and there was a lot of traffic as well. But it’s not an excuse, every player knows the time so you have to be on time. Things can happen but the way he said it was: “if you want to be a leader or a big, big player you need to be on time and to try to respect all the details of the club.” It’s about respect, that’s important. We fixed it. I told him and the rest of the players I was sorry. Now, I'm always the first at training!’
Yves Bissouma has hailed the impact and approach of Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou
The Spurs boss has made a great start in the job and was August's manager of the month
The midfielder is enjoying his football and has been one of the team's key players this season
Bissouma has been one of Tottenham’s biggest players. For all the focus on ‘main man’ James Maddison, Heung-min Son’s hat-trick heroics against and Richarlison’s redemption against Sheffield United, Bissouma has glued it all together.
Ahead of this weekend’s games, no Premier League player had won more interceptions than Bissouma and only one had won more duels.
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‘I see myself as a player who can play in any position in the midfield – I can play six, eight or ten,’ added Bissouma. But I want to contribute what the gaffer wants and respect the tactical aspect.
‘I do what the coach wants me to do. And then in a game when I feel something I can do it. That’s why sometimes I am everywhere on the pitch.
‘The gaffer said a lot of positive things about me. He had the confidence in me and showed this from the first day.
‘He said: “Just be you and play the football we want to see and the football everyone wants to see - because you have a lot you can do. I give you all my confidence and the rest is up to you”.
‘He’s very good as a manager but a really, really good person as