Pellegrino - We're Better Prepared For Watford
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has insisted he's not worried about the sack and he feels we are better prepared for Watford this weekend compared to the tie earlier in the season.
With Southampton sitting fourth from bottom in the Premier League table after a run of nine games without a win, goal difference keeps us out of the bottom three and with seven top flight managers being shown the exit door, Pellegrino isn't worried that he'll make that eight.
Speaking to Sky Sports as he met with the media to preview the game, the Argentinian didn't believe he had one game left to save his job.
'It is part of our job. The biggest risk in football is to work in football. In football you need results, they are everything. I don't think about that because it is part of our life. I try to do my best. Obviously in football there are three results possible. Everything can pass, and every week history can change. I understand the situation of the fans because we have the same feeling. We are responsible for our situation.'
Earlier in the season we suffered a two nil defeat to Watford on home soil, but Pellegrino believes we are now better prepared to face them this time round.
'It is a massive game for us. We are better prepared than at the beginning of the season. Watford is a team that have qualities like us but now I feel that we have learned a little bit from this game and we have better preparations. The mood is good but we want to translate this onto the pitch.'
Following Virgil van Dijk's sale to Liverpool, Pellegrino knows that our goalscoring record this season is something we have to address whilst the January transfer window remained open.
'I think the priority is to try to help the final third because Charlie Austin will be out and we don't have his profile in the squad. That is one of our priorities.'
In terms of team news ahead of the game, he ended by explaining that Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt and Jeremy Pied come back into contention this weekend.
'All of them have been training today with the team. They are not 100 per cent but tomorrow I think they will be part of the team in training. Until we decide because one thing is the medical condition and the other is the football condition. We analyse and we decide. The good news is all of them are ready.'