Mauricio Pochettino has attributed Saints’ current Barclays Premier League standing to the First Team’s stunning progress.
Southampton sit third in the table – above the likes of Chelsea and both Manchester clubs – after chalking up an impressive 22 points from 11 matches.
Since arriving in January this year, Pochettino has overseen an admirable rise to prominence in such a short period. Despite being the manager behind Saints soaring up the league, the Argentine was keen to stress what’s delighted him the most is the recognition the side is being given for its obvious improvement.
Pochettino told reporters: “I think that the most gratifying aspect is that we’re really happy with the work that we’ve been doing with the squad. We’ve been progressing as a team, from strength to strength.
“How our players are attracting more international plaudits and more international recognition makes us very happy.
“We work in order to make these players – individually and as a collective – play as best as they can. It’s hard for me to actually explain methods in this press conference – it would take me a really long time.
“The main aspect is that we work for this team and work for these players.
“The fact that these players can progress so much individually and collectively is the biggest gratifying thing for us. They’ve come so far in such a short period of time.”
Pochettino revealed his faith in the side and isn’t surprised by how rapidly they became accustomed with his desired style.
The gaffer continued: “I have at my disposal really intelligent players that have great potential and great skill.
“It doesn’t surprise me the fact that they learnt my methods – or the team’s methods – so quickly because they have the skill, necessary ability and capacity to understand what we want from them.
“I have full confidence in my staff and I have full confidence in my players. I think that’s what enabled us to actually come this far – the fact that we have full confidence in our methods and our professionalism as a group of technical managers.”
Pochettino is equally confident in Saints’ younger players’ ability to supplement the First Team and ensure that Southampton are fully-equipped to deal with the rigours that an entire campaign brings.
Harrison Reed made a full debut and Sam Gallagher a first appearance in Saints’ Capital One Cup visit to Sunderland earlier this month, and Pochettino has no qualms about calling on the pair – amongst others – again in the near future.
The 41-year-old concluded: “We have a lot of young players that are coming from the Academy and pushing very hard and playing very well – making a case for them being in the First Team.
“Players like Sam Gallagher and Harrison Reed are very exciting players. We don’t have any worries about the depth of our squad because we have a lot of young players that guarantee us a very good immediate future. We’re covered in that sense.
“He (Gallagher) is a player that has been with us for quite a long time already, as is the case with Harry Reed. There’s nothing new for us, as is the case with other players that have been involved in the First Team. They’ve been involved with this team and we fully expect them to be a part of this First Team.”