Saints v Spurs - Mauricio's preview
27 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino wants our players to pick up where they left off against Burnley when we travel to Southampton on Wednesday night (December 28).
By the time kick-off comes around on the south coast, 10 days will have passed since we came back from a goal down to beat the Clarets 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
But after enjoying some extra days on the training pitch working with the group over the festive period, Mauricio is hopeful that we’ll see another positive, attacking display against his former club.
“It’s a break that we’ve used to try to work to improve different aspects of our team but all the teams are in the same position in the end,” said the manager as he prepares to lock horns with new Saints boss Claude Puel, who was in charge of French side Lyon during Hugo Lloris’ time there.
“I think it’s been a good opportunity to be calm, be relaxed and spend time with our families on December 25.
“We know that the game will be tough. Southampton are playing very well, they beat Bournemouth in their last game and it will be difficult.
“We will try to keep our performance, be clinical and try to win the game because that is our challenge but in the same way we know that it will be tough because Southampton have very good players.”
One potential danger man is Jay Rodriguez. The forward, who suffered a long-term injury lay-off towards the end of Mauricio’s reign at St Mary’s, returned to the scoresheet with a brace against Bournemouth last time out and, with Charlie Austin now sidelined, could play a key role on Wednesday.
“I am happy (to see him back) because he is not only a great player, he is a top man and he is very professional,” said Mauricio of the 27-year-old.
“When he suffered the injury at the Etihad against Manchester City (in April, 2014), we suffered in the same way as him. I am very happy that he is back and he has started to score goals but he will be our opponent, our enemy – I wish him all the best but it will be tough because we must defend against him and his team-mates.”