Pochettino keen to strike a balance

By SFC Media Thu 19 Sep Club

Mauricio Pochettino is targeting an improvement in all areas of the team in a bid to maintain a solid start to the season.

Saints have found the back of the net only twice in four league matches, but Pochettino remains unconcerned, particularly after last weekend’s onslaught against West Ham where the team came up against a goalkeeper in good form. 

“I’m not worried about it because my main concern right now is that the team keeps on growing and that the players keep on understanding each other,” he explained to Saints Player ahead of Saturday’s trip to league leaders Liverpool.

“We had many good chances in our previous games, especially against West Ham, so it’s not something that worries me. What does worry me is that the team keeps on growing and that they play well to get the three points form every single match that we play.”

The team has however, improved from a defensive point of view, which leaves the manager keen to strike a level between the two aspects of play.

“I think we also need to improve on the defensive side because we need to improve overall,” he said.

“What we need to have is a balance between the offence in attack and the defending, but I think we need to improve defensively as well, so there needs to be a balance between the two.”

Pochettino makes his first trip to Anfield as a manager this weekend where he says he will cast aside any historical sentiment.

A theory behind Saints’ 1-0 defeat on Merseyside last season focused on a squad of players who had not played at Liverpool before and may have been overawed at the experience, but Pochettino insists there’s no room for nostalgia when it comes to this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash.

“It will be great to visit Anfield but it will be greater if we manage to get the three points and take a win from our visit there,” he said.

“I think my players are going to be one hundred per-cent focused on their task ahead, and I am completely sure that they’re not going to be distracted from anything aside from the game.”

Liverpool are sitting pretty by a point going into Saturday’s contest and boast a striker in good form too. Luis Suarez is an absentee for the hosts, but Daniel Sturridge’s record of four goals in four games has caught the eye.

“I’m not surprised by him because we know his capacity and his skill,” Pochettino said. 

“Aside from Sturridge, Liverpool have some really good players in their squad. Players like (Steven) Gerrard who we know our all quality players so we’re very much aware of what we’re going to be facing when we go to Anfield.

“We’re aware that they’ve started really well this season, but we’ll go there with our best intentions and go with our best efforts to get the three points from them.”

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