Pochettino - We've Had A Good Week
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that this last week has given the lads the perfect opportunity to work on recapturing the form we showed earlier in the season.
With fixtures coming thick and fast recently, the last week has been a good time to sit back and reflect on our recent results, and almost get back to basics in many ways and work on those areas that needed improvement without having to have one eye on the next game.
Speaking to saintsfc ahead of this weekends matach against West Bromwich Albion, the gaffer said he'd been pleased with the work the players have put in and he believes we are well set to get our first home win in over two months now.
Entering this mini break on the back of a good victory over Burnley in the FA Cup, Pochettino said was the perfect way to wind up football for a bit, as the game had given everyone a boost.
'The Burnley win was an important one, and this has been an important week. Slowly but surely the players are starting to come back into training fully fit, so the team is becoming more dynamic and as it was at the start of the season. We are going to start to play games from Saturday to Saturday, which gives us consistency, and we are starting to train normally again.'
Pochettino goes on to say that this week has been particularly good because it's allowed them in training to return to come 'concepts' which they have worked on in the past, but with how the fixture list fell, they haven't been able to focus on for a bit, so he feels it was 'refreshing' for the players again instead of just permanent preparing for games.
Ultimately though this month is about winning games for the gaffer again and getting us back on track properly in the league.
Of course with the transfer window open, and numerous stories circulating in the press about Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dani Osvaldo, Pochettino repeated that he wasn't expecting anybody to leave this window that were in his plans, and as for the one story about him quitting at the end of the season, he said.
'There are so many rumours coming out of Italy right now, if we paid attention to all of them we would probably go mad. I will say it again, there is no intention for the club to sell anyone.'
Adding that he can't do anything to stop the rumours and speculation as it's an unfortunate part of the season where they go crazy and get invented, so you just have to accept they will be there and ignore them.
The gaffer also revealed that Artur Boruc is very close to a return and could in fact be back for the game this weekend, but the match will come too soon for Victor Wanyama as he has only just returned to light training.
Despite picking up knocks against Burnley, Lambert and Gaston Ramirez should also feature.
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