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Poch wary of Swans threat
Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t believe Swansea will be suffering from fatigue when they arrive at St Mary’s tomorrow.
The Swans are finishing a run of seven games in 19 days, mainly as a result of their participation in the Europa League.
In that same period Saints have played just four times and had the luxury of a clear week leading into the fixture, where as Michael Laudrup’s side faced St Gallen on Thursday night.
However, Pochettino is not expecting any let up in Swansea’s level.
“They have had enough time to recover and have a very competitive squad with many good players,” he said. “We fully expect Swansea will be a very competitive side, a very difficult side to break down. They will make things very tough for us, hopefully we will do the same to them and hopefully get the win.”
Swansea and Saints have often been compared but Pochettino refutes suggestions they play in the same way.
“I don’t think there are teams that can play in the same manner,” he reckoned.
“Every manager is different, every staff and group of players and also every club has their own brand of football and philosophy they try to implement.
“For many years Swansea have had managers that play good, attacking football.
“They are doing the same thing with Laudrup – they are playing very attractive attacking football, hopefully we will see a very good game on Sunday and we will get a win.”
Saints will check on the fitness of Luke Shaw ahead of the game with the left back having missed training through illness.
“We have worked very well during the week,” said Pochettino.
“We had a little problem with Luke Shaw, who was ill during the week. He has recovered now and we will see whether he is fit for the game.”
One player certain to start is record signing Dani Osvaldo following his first goal for the club in the win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
“For a striker to score goals is bread and butter, that’s what they need to do,” reflected Pochettino.
“It’s not just about playing well for strikers but scoring goals. The fact he got his first goal will set him in a much more calm and relaxed mindset where he will be able to develop his own brand of football so that first goal was key for him.”
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