Poch reflective after Chelsea defeat

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Mauricio Pochettino surveyed Saints’ latest defeat against Chelsea and reflected “Rome wasn’t built in one day.”

The Saints boss saw his side get off to a flying start to the season but a tough run of fixtures and injuries in his squad, as well as some good performances that haven’t yielded results, has seen the team pick up one win in their last nine.

A 3-0 New Year’s Day home defeat to Chelsea made it four matches at St Mary’s without a win but Pochettino was in reflective mood.

“It’s clear that we have been facing some of the top sides of late and that has been difficult for us. We have been facing quality opposition and that has been very tough,” he said.

“We aspire to keep on competing and to keep on playing well against these top sides, playing face-to-face against them and matching their strengths with our strengths.

“It’s also clear that we are a young side, we are still learning, we are still maturing, we are still getting experience and the most important thing is that we keep believing in how we play and I’m sure that sooner or later we are going to be reaping the benefits of what we are doing.

“Rome wasn’t built in one day.”

Saints were well in the game against Chelsea before a stroke of good luck handed the Blues the lead. After that the London side dominated.

“It was very disappointing,” said Pochettino.

“Up until the first hour we were playing quite well, we were controlling Chelsea I think quite well.

“We were unlucky with the first goal we conceded – the ball hit Chambers, hit the post and Torres was there to head it in.

“When Chelsea brought on Willian and Oscar that completely changed match. It opened up a lot more spaces for Chelsea and made things very difficult for us.

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“Chelsea were feeling a lot more comfortable and it basically revitalised Chelsea and made everything quite difficult for us to get back into the game.”

Saints now have another quick turnaround before facing Burnley in the FA Cup third round at St Mary’s on Saturday, a game for which Pochettino is likely to make a number of changes.

“I am very happy with the players’ performance. I think we played very well up until the moment we conceded that first goal,” he said of the Chelsea defeat.

“After conceding that first goal Chelsea were more relaxed, we had to risk a lot more, open up the spaces a lot more, and Chelsea took advantage of that.

“After a while it was clear that Chelsea showed why they are such a great side – they became a lot more decisive and controlled the game.”

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6:39pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Nicola will prevail.
Nicola will prevail. Positively4thStreet

6:48pm Wed 1 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated)
Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.
1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated) Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness. costa gaz

6:54pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

costa gaz wrote:
1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated)
Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.
Can't deny what you say is true,but we just need to keep the faith,like I say,Nicola hasn't let us down yet,and he won't accept anything but progress;and let's be honest,the guy's got a bigger pair than Fergie!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: 1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated) Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.[/p][/quote]Can't deny what you say is true,but we just need to keep the faith,like I say,Nicola hasn't let us down yet,and he won't accept anything but progress;and let's be honest,the guy's got a bigger pair than Fergie! Positively4thStreet

7:50pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated)
Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.
Can't deny what you say is true,but we just need to keep the faith,like I say,Nicola hasn't let us down yet,and he won't accept anything but progress;and let's be honest,the guy's got a bigger pair than Fergie!
Seven of our last nine matches (including two aganst Chelsea) have been against teams that are above us (that's to say, in the top eight).

It would be a difficult run of fixtures for any team, especially with the injuries we've had.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: 1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated) Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.[/p][/quote]Can't deny what you say is true,but we just need to keep the faith,like I say,Nicola hasn't let us down yet,and he won't accept anything but progress;and let's be honest,the guy's got a bigger pair than Fergie![/p][/quote]Seven of our last nine matches (including two aganst Chelsea) have been against teams that are above us (that's to say, in the top eight). It would be a difficult run of fixtures for any team, especially with the injuries we've had. Strasbourg Saint

7:50pm Wed 1 Jan 14

mitch76 says...

we need players such as osvaldo and ramirez to stand up and be counted. 2 record signings at heir time and both have done nothing. there's no point in spending that sort of money on players if they r not prepared to perform!!
What is wrong with Osvaldo now? does anyone know??
we need players such as osvaldo and ramirez to stand up and be counted. 2 record signings at heir time and both have done nothing. there's no point in spending that sort of money on players if they r not prepared to perform!! What is wrong with Osvaldo now? does anyone know?? mitch76

8:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

JohnItaly says...

Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.
Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited. JohnItaly

8:07pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

JohnItaly wrote:
Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.
Some of those players have just played a majority of the four games we've had in 11 days.

While I believe we should take the FA Cup seriously, wouldn't it be better to rest a few of them and give fringe players a game?
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.[/p][/quote]Some of those players have just played a majority of the four games we've had in 11 days. While I believe we should take the FA Cup seriously, wouldn't it be better to rest a few of them and give fringe players a game? Strasbourg Saint

10:36pm Wed 1 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

JohnItaly wrote:
Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.
We shouldn't underestimate Burnley, they have got a very good team at the moment, Ings and Vokes will give problems to any team.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.[/p][/quote]We shouldn't underestimate Burnley, they have got a very good team at the moment, Ings and Vokes will give problems to any team. OSPREYSAINT

11:14pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

why are people panicking?

we lost to the team who are currently third in the table and we still have a couple of key players out injured.

and yet we are STILL 9th in the Premier League and we STILL have a 4 point cushion between us and the tenth.
and people are talking about relegation? 'must win' games? seriously?

I was actually really disappointed that we didn't get anything today and it is really annoying that this was a 6 pointer for Chelski. I hate teams getting that against us in a season. (makes their fans arrogant)

But it is done. our league position was not effected by it and we don't have to worry about Chelski any more this season. so can we just stop with the silly comments please?

Burnley next in the cup - we should win this but to be honest I would actually prefer that we concentrate on the league this season. Squad needs bolstering before we can put in a cup run. I'll agree that a win is important for us to give the lads some confidence, but I can't help but think it would be better to just concentrate on getting back to winning in the league. Cups are nice but they aren't as important as league position.
why are people panicking? we lost to the team who are currently third in the table and we still have a couple of key players out injured. and yet we are STILL 9th in the Premier League and we STILL have a 4 point cushion between us and the tenth. and people are talking about relegation? 'must win' games? seriously? I was actually really disappointed that we didn't get anything today and it is really annoying that this was a 6 pointer for Chelski. I hate teams getting that against us in a season. (makes their fans arrogant) But it is done. our league position was not effected by it and we don't have to worry about Chelski any more this season. so can we just stop with the silly comments please? Burnley next in the cup - we should win this but to be honest I would actually prefer that we concentrate on the league this season. Squad needs bolstering before we can put in a cup run. I'll agree that a win is important for us to give the lads some confidence, but I can't help but think it would be better to just concentrate on getting back to winning in the league. Cups are nice but they aren't as important as league position. Stroppy_gramps

1:11am Thu 2 Jan 14

Burst Bubble says...

JohnItaly wrote:
Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.
Your arragance is unbelievable !! Top of the championship in the FA cup and your going to smash them 4/5 ?? good luck with that!! Your probably the same fool who predicted top 4 finish at the start of the season, best of a bad bunch that is realistic.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: Saturday's game against Burnley must be treated as a "must win" game. MoPo must put out his strongest possible team and put 4/5 goals past Burnley - without reply. Any sort of loss would further erode the team's confidence which must be at a low ebb. Playing well and losing must be more demoralising than playing badly and losing. At least with a team playing badly the manager should be able to pinpoint where things are going wrong but if playing well and losing - which Saints have been - must present a manager with a real headache as your options to improve are obviously more limited.[/p][/quote]Your arragance is unbelievable !! Top of the championship in the FA cup and your going to smash them 4/5 ?? good luck with that!! Your probably the same fool who predicted top 4 finish at the start of the season, best of a bad bunch that is realistic. Burst Bubble

8:46am Thu 2 Jan 14

City Saint says...

Went along yesterday and, while I enjoyed the first hour, the last 20 minutes were unbearable. It was like watching a Chelsea training match. And the number of fellow Saints fans crowding around the Chelsea players coach as I walked past made me, and I'm pretty sure the Ted Bates statue, blush for Southampton. Let's hope the team and MoPo learned from this one. I'd like to see what strategy we can muster besides pressing high up the pitch... Torres looked like a kid in a candy shop yesterday.
Went along yesterday and, while I enjoyed the first hour, the last 20 minutes were unbearable. It was like watching a Chelsea training match. And the number of fellow Saints fans crowding around the Chelsea players coach as I walked past made me, and I'm pretty sure the Ted Bates statue, blush for Southampton. Let's hope the team and MoPo learned from this one. I'd like to see what strategy we can muster besides pressing high up the pitch... Torres looked like a kid in a candy shop yesterday. City Saint

11:36am Thu 2 Jan 14

Mr saint76 says...

What worried me more than anything is that they looked shattered.I was watching Tony Adams on Sky earlier in the season, he predicted this saying that the high pressing game was difficult to maintain and by Christmas they would be found out. What's the answer , bigger squad or variation in play? He also said that it used to happen to Arsenal a lot under George Graham but he turned it around and managed to win a couple of titles. Maybe Mo Po should ask him on how to get the fine balance.
What worried me more than anything is that they looked shattered.I was watching Tony Adams on Sky earlier in the season, he predicted this saying that the high pressing game was difficult to maintain and by Christmas they would be found out. What's the answer , bigger squad or variation in play? He also said that it used to happen to Arsenal a lot under George Graham but he turned it around and managed to win a couple of titles. Maybe Mo Po should ask him on how to get the fine balance. Mr saint76

1:53pm Thu 2 Jan 14

City Saint says...

Mr saint76 wrote:
What worried me more than anything is that they looked shattered.I was watching Tony Adams on Sky earlier in the season, he predicted this saying that the high pressing game was difficult to maintain and by Christmas they would be found out. What's the answer , bigger squad or variation in play? He also said that it used to happen to Arsenal a lot under George Graham but he turned it around and managed to win a couple of titles. Maybe Mo Po should ask him on how to get the fine balance.
yep, i would agree with that. we seem to struggle to motivate our fringe players as it is (if you read the jack cork interview in yesterday's programme, it is very illuminating!) so a bigger squad might not be the answer at this stage in our development.

personally I think we need to have a b and a c plan for tactics, so we can rotate strategy rather than rotate squad. I worry by how many players picked up niggles before the busy festive schedule started. I never expected to see Danny Fox start another game, for example, give our strength in full back options at the start of the season.
[quote][p][bold]Mr saint76[/bold] wrote: What worried me more than anything is that they looked shattered.I was watching Tony Adams on Sky earlier in the season, he predicted this saying that the high pressing game was difficult to maintain and by Christmas they would be found out. What's the answer , bigger squad or variation in play? He also said that it used to happen to Arsenal a lot under George Graham but he turned it around and managed to win a couple of titles. Maybe Mo Po should ask him on how to get the fine balance.[/p][/quote]yep, i would agree with that. we seem to struggle to motivate our fringe players as it is (if you read the jack cork interview in yesterday's programme, it is very illuminating!) so a bigger squad might not be the answer at this stage in our development. personally I think we need to have a b and a c plan for tactics, so we can rotate strategy rather than rotate squad. I worry by how many players picked up niggles before the busy festive schedule started. I never expected to see Danny Fox start another game, for example, give our strength in full back options at the start of the season. City Saint

5:09pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

costa gaz wrote:
1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated)
Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.
We have been sussed out no plan B could be one win in ten when we play WBA relegation form !
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: 1 win in 9..... this is serious, just remember Blackpool and Hull a few seasons ago. (great starts, fell apart and duly relegated) Playing well but getting beat.. Time to start winning ugly and stop all the niceness.[/p][/quote]We have been sussed out no plan B could be one win in ten when we play WBA relegation form ! Fatty x Ford Worker

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