Poch flattered by Everton comparison

Basingstoke Gazette: Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says he is flattered that Saints are being compared to Everton in the build-up to the two teams meeting at St Mary’s tomorrow.

Under Roberto Martinez the Toffees have developed a reputation for the exciting brand of football that Pochettino also employs.

They could break the top four this season and Pochettino smiled: “It flatters me that Southampton Football Club is actually compared to Everton because Everton for the last ten, 11, 12 years has always been in the top six or top eight. Southampton has been barely two seasons in the Premier League.

“Everton have a massive squad and that’s not the case with Southampton but the comparison I do like, I do relish it, because it means that we are doing things right.”

Saints have struggled for goals from open play in the last few weeks but Pochettino is unconcerned.

“I would be a bit more worried if we just had 30 points at the moment. Right now I’m not worried with the number of points we have at the moment,” he said.

“We are three points away from achieving a historic achievement with this football club, achieving the maximum number of points the football club has ever achieved.

“As a team I think there are many positives you can draw from this team’s season.

“There are many positives I would highlight and I think overall we are having a fantastic season, that the team is playing very well.

“If you look at the overall analysis there are of course little things we can improve upon but overall I feel very positive about how this team is playing with the means at our disposal.”

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12:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Poch ever the politician! Everton have been a bogey team for us ever since that Cup semi in 84 it would be great to stick a spoke in their wheel as they chase a Champions League place! (We are overdue a good result against them).

I am a big fan of Lukaku as well, he is just the sort of player we need up front for us, but I doubt we will be lucky enough to get him for next season.
Poch ever the politician! Everton have been a bogey team for us ever since that Cup semi in 84 it would be great to stick a spoke in their wheel as they chase a Champions League place! (We are overdue a good result against them). I am a big fan of Lukaku as well, he is just the sort of player we need up front for us, but I doubt we will be lucky enough to get him for next season. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 5

1:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Lukaku has already made it clear, that he only wants a team in the Champion's League, next season.
Although I'd love to see Arsene Wenger miss out on fourth place, I really want us to beat Everton.
Lukaku has already made it clear, that he only wants a team in the Champion's League, next season. Although I'd love to see Arsene Wenger miss out on fourth place, I really want us to beat Everton. Costa Baz
  • Score: 3

3:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Drat, That dozy Lawro has predicted us to win 2 1, that's jinxed it.
Drat, That dozy Lawro has predicted us to win 2 1, that's jinxed it. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

3:18pm Fri 25 Apr 14

French Farage says...

Poch flattered? How embarrassing. Saints are easily as good as Everton. The sights are being set far too low here.
Poch flattered? How embarrassing. Saints are easily as good as Everton. The sights are being set far too low here. French Farage
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Beer Monster says...

I wish I could watch the game as a neutral, because both sides play attacking football with flair and panache. However, I shall instead be shouting at a screen in Glasgow. With a pint or three :-)
I wish I could watch the game as a neutral, because both sides play attacking football with flair and panache. However, I shall instead be shouting at a screen in Glasgow. With a pint or three :-) Beer Monster
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

peregrine73 says...

Both sides fairly evenly matched, except for one critical factor: finishing!
If saints can emulate Everton scoring success then they will be challenging for Europe as they are now!.Stronger squad= bigger success.
Both sides fairly evenly matched, except for one critical factor: finishing! If saints can emulate Everton scoring success then they will be challenging for Europe as they are now!.Stronger squad= bigger success. peregrine73
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

legh_langston says...

This shows that Poch has a target for Saints and hopefully wants to stick around to achieve it. With the financial support for the 'top' clubs Saints will always need to punch above their weight - as they did so well in the first half of the season. For Poch to become really qualified to move onward and upward he needs to have at least a couple more seasons of progress or at least stability with Saints. Fingers crossed he'll stay.
This shows that Poch has a target for Saints and hopefully wants to stick around to achieve it. With the financial support for the 'top' clubs Saints will always need to punch above their weight - as they did so well in the first half of the season. For Poch to become really qualified to move onward and upward he needs to have at least a couple more seasons of progress or at least stability with Saints. Fingers crossed he'll stay. legh_langston
  • Score: 3

6:41pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

French Farage wrote:
Poch flattered? How embarrassing. Saints are easily as good as Everton. The sights are being set far too low here.
The only difference between us and them at Everton was Clutterbrain.
[quote][p][bold]French Farage[/bold] wrote: Poch flattered? How embarrassing. Saints are easily as good as Everton. The sights are being set far too low here.[/p][/quote]The only difference between us and them at Everton was Clutterbrain. Clever Dick
  • Score: 4

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