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Perez reveals Ramirez plan
10:44pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
Pochettino’s right hand man, Jesus Perez, revealed that the Saints coaching staff have devised a plan to get Ramirez up to speed physically after the Uruguayan missed much of pre-season due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup.
Ramirez brilliantly volleyed home the opening goal as Saints won 2-0 against Bristol City at St Mary’s to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup
But he still came off just before the end feeling fatigued after what was only his second start for his club since April.
Perez said: “It was a great goal but we think the more important thing for him was the opportunity to play 90 minutes.
“He came late in the summer and joined late in pre-season and the breaks with the national team don’t help him to get the best performances and it was good for him to play 90 minutes.
“All players have to be in the best physical performance, the best peak of form, to try to play in the team.
“There are different levels because not all the players have the same number of training sessions.
“For him we try to help and are doing extra training sessions to get the same level as the team.
“We try to do extra fitness work because it’s not easy when you have less training sessions than the others but you have to combine it with other training sessions as well because in six or seven days between a game it’s not possible training like in pre-season.
“We had different strategies in the past and we carry on to help him and the other players to get the best peak of form.”
The game itself saw Saints cruise through the first half, where they threatened to run riot against their beleaguered League One opponents.
However, City responded after the break and the tie wasn’t settled until Jos Hooiveld headed home seven minutes from time.
Pochettino changed the entire starting 11 from the side that defeated Liverpool at the weekend but they came through the test and will now wait to learn who they get in the fourth round when the draw is made this evening.
“We won the game and we are in the next round but it wasn’t easy,” reflected the assistant manager.
“It was a tough game, a difficult game, but at the end of the day we are happy for the performance of the team.
“They were young as well but we took a great lesson in a typical cup game.
“It’s not easy, especially at home because the opponent played very well, played with desire, with passion and I think without pressure.
“At the end of the game we have to review and take the lessons that this type of game provides to learn.”
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