Pochettino’s Passion Promise

By SFC Media Thu 14 Mar Club

Mauricio Pochettino says he will not change his committed approach to management.

Pochettino often cuts an animated figure on the sidelines during matches, whilst the intense style of play he has brought to the team has been a significant factor in the performances from his side since he arrived at Southampton.

“I experience all games with a lot of intensity and I am fully aware of the Club’s situation and what is at stake in every game,” he told Saints Player ahead of this weekend’s hosting of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

“I am the type of manager that is fully dedicated to the job and I really care how the Club is doing so I feel that when we win we are all on a cloud and really happy, but when you lose you have let the Club down.”

Southampton hope to build on a point from last week’s encounter at Norwich against a Reds team which is currently on a run of three successive top-flight victories.

“Liverpool have been on a very good run and have very good players,” Pochettino acknowledged. “But we will go all out to play very well in order to get the three points.

“We have to know who we are facing, but we also have a winning mentality and we are definitely going to try and win and that mentality is growing within my group every day.”

The Reds’ top goal scorer Luis Suarez is an undoubted threat, and Pochettino discussed the qualities he brings to Brendan Rodgers’s side.

“For me his most important aspect is his mentality and his focus,” he highlighted. “Aside from his technical virtues, he is a true winner and that is clear.

“In our tactical planning we always think of the whole of the opposition, but we also take into account the qualities of all of the individuals.”

Saints have a South American of their own in the form of Suarez’s Uruguayan teammate Gastón Ramírez, a player who struck in Southampton’s last outing at St Mary’s against Queens Park Rangers a fortnight ago.

“For me all of the Southampton players are stars and they all have their own individual qualities,” Pochettino said.

“It is clear that Gastón arrived after the season had started – he is a young player and all young players need a period of adaptation.  

“He has had a couple of injuries and personal issues during his time here but there is no doubt about his quality and skill. Gastón has all the qualities to become a world-class player.”

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