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Poch hails the maturity of his 'hot head' ace
The €15m Italian international striker fired home a sweet left footed shot two minutes into the second half to help Saints on their way to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at St Mary’s.
Osvaldo, who revealed yesterday he is to become a dad for the fourth time, arrived at Saints with a reputation of being a little hot headed, partly due to a scrap with a former teammate.
But Pochettino insists he was never concerned about that and is delighted with how his new man is settling into life in England.
“I’m not worried at all. If I’d have been worried about that I wouldn’t have signed him for the team,” said Pochettino.
“He’s a very mature guy, I know him very well and he’s had problems in the past but who doesn’t have problems with certain teammates?
“There’s always little tiffs that happen between teammates and I think that’s normal.
“I think we need to let him work, we need to let him establish himself within this league and there won’t be any problems with him.
“He has a great heart, he’s a good guy and let’s let him work.”
He added: “I think Dani has to adapt more than anything to English football. It’s very different from the Spanish league.
“Especially for strikers to play in the Premier League is the hardest competition to play in and so he has to adapt to this new league.
“This for me is the best league – the tempo, the rhythm of the Premier League is the best in the world, even better than the Spanish, the French or the Italian league.
“I think he has to work to actually adapt himself to this new league he is playing in and this new competitiveness he is finding.”
There was also a goal for Rickie Lambert and Pochettino said: “We do now know what will happen in the future but we will probably use them to link up with each other and to actually play together but that also depends on the mood and the rivals that we’re facing.
“We believe in our philosophy and how we want to play and we understand that good players, regardless of who they are or where they are from, are going to understand each other.
“That is already happening and we are very pleased about that.”
Osvaldo’s goal was largely created by his own good work and Pochettino believes Saints fans will see more of that in the future.
“He is a player that can generate his own chances for himself,” insisted the Saints boss.
“He has to adapt to this league because it’s very competitive, especially for a striker.
“It’s very different to how it is playing in France or Italy or Spain.
“He wasn’t able to do pre-season with us because he came when the ball was already rolling so it’s going to take him some time to adapt to this new league.”
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