Moussa Sissoko has admitted that he, like many, got a little confused during the wild climax of Tottenham’s away-goals win over Man City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Spurs looked to have been eliminated in the 93rd minute when Raheem Sterling scored what would have been a decisive winner, had it not been subsequently disallowed following a VAR review for offside in the build-up.
However, amid the pandemonium breaking out topside, Sissoko was alone in the dressing room having come off injured, sulking because he thought his side had just been sent packing.
Speaking to L’Equipe after the game, the French midfielder said:
I was on the bench when I saw the goal that made it 5-3, I was so upset that I returned directly to the dressing room.
I was alone, nobody had accompanied me, no TV screen was showing the game. In my head we were eliminated.
Thankfully, a Spurs staffer soon appeared with tidings of great joy:
Then, one of the staff members entered the room at the end (of the match) and shouted at me: ‘Incredible, we did it!’ I said, ‘How did we do it?’
At that moment, he told me that [Sterling’s goal] had been cancelled! So, I put on a t-shirt, I forgot my injury and I ran outside to join the others, not to miss the celebration of such a historic moment.
It was an incredible emotional shock.
Can you even imagine? From wallowing in abject devastation to pure, unabashed joy in the space of a few seconds.
Thanks VAR, you absolutely bloody bastard.