Spurs made Sissoko their most expensive ever player in the summer when they bought him from recently relegated Newcastle United on the back of a string strong performances at Euro 2016 with France.
However, the £30m man has only played 10 times for Spurs since arriving at White Hart Lane, with the only notable thing he has done being picking up a three-game ban for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in October.
And Pochettino has admitted Sissoko doesn’t deserve a place in the team and questioned why his price tag should dictate whether he is picked ahead of his teammates or not.
"He was at home, he wasn't here,” he said.
"Football is not about money. It is about you being better, and that you show on the training ground that you are better than another team-mate and that you deserve to be involved or not.
"I need to take the decisions and I believe the players that started and the players on the bench deserved to be involved.
"There's nothing else to find in it. It is about football. Different things happen. You sign a player and then you expect something, and you don't find what you expected.
Chelsea vs Tottenham player ratings
Chelsea vs Tottenham player ratings
1/22 Thibaut Courtois - 6 out of 10
Barely had anything to do all game, nothing he could do about Tottenham’s goal.
2/22 Cesar Azpilicueta - 6 out of 10
In the end had a fairly quiet game as Tottenham faded and wasn’t overly tested.
3/22 David Luiz - 6 out of 10
Made a mistake in the build up to Spurs’ goal, but got better as the game went on.
4/22 Gary Cahill - 6 out of 10
Ultimately had a fairly easy ride as Tottenham failed to really test Chelsea despite their good first half.
5/22 Victor Moses - 8 out of 10
Subbed with 10 minutes to go, was at the heart of Chelsea’s revival, his great season continues. Took his goal well.
6/22 Marcos Alonso - 6 out of 10
The quieter of Chelsea’s wing backs, but was more influential after Chelsea’s disastrous start to the game.
7/22 N'Golo Kante - 7 out of 10
Outplayed in the first half but his influence grew as Chelsea seized control of proceedings as the game wore on.
8/22 Nemanja Matic - 7 out of 10
Played in Pedro with a great assist for the first goal and had more and more influence as the game went on.
9/22 Pedro - 7 out of 10
Took his equalising goal brilliantly and was a constant menace to the Spurs defence helped lead Chelsea’s revival.
10/22 Eden Hazard - 7 out of 10
Subbed with quarter of an hour to play, not at his influential best particularly in the first half, but improved as game went on.
11/22 Diego Costa - 7 out of 10
Didn’t score but provided a great assist for Moses’ goal, running threateningly at the Tottenham defence.
12/22 Hugo Lloris - 6 out of 10
Hardly tested and couldn’t do much about either goal, but still conceded two.
13/22 Kyle Walker - 6 out of 10
Pacy as ever, but didn’t influence things as much as his manager would have liked.
14/22 Kevin Wimmer - 5 out of 10
Playing out of position and quite often looked a bit exposed.
15/22 Eric Dier - 6 out of 10
Like many of his teammates started well but faded as the game wore on.
16/22 Jan Vertonghen - 6 out of 10
Stifled Chelsea for most of the first half, but ultimately unable to prevent the Blues’ revival.
17/22 Victor Wanyama - 6 out of 10
Outplayed his more celebrated opposite numbers in the first half, but ultimately was powerless to prevent Chelsea coming back into the game.
18/22 Mousa Dembele - 6 out of 10
Good first half, but increasingly anonymous as the game wore on.
19/22 Christian Eriksen - 6 out of 10
Great strike to give Tottenham the lead, but otherwise didn’t influence things much.
20/22 Dele Alli - 6 out of 10
A quiet game overall and never really threatened the Chelsea defence other than the occasional flash.
21/22 Heung Min-Son - 6 out of 10
Subbed with half an hour to go. Fairly quiet game, didn’t manage to have much influence. Spurs really miss Eric Lamela.
22/22 Harry Kane - 6 out of 10
Well marshalled by the Chelsea defence, had a goal correctly ruled out for offside.
"If another deserves to be involved like maybe Josh Onomah or maybe Vincent Janssen they will be involved. Why, because we pay money, do they deserve to play?
“He needs to work hard and to show in future that he deserves to be on the team.”Reuse content