Saints could make changes

Daily Echo: Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino insists he is just planning day-to-day as he tries to steer Saints through a tricky week.

Three games in the space of a week is tough enough for any team, let alone travelling a combined 1,148 miles to Hull and Sunderland and bad weather to contend with.

Pochettino, above, is assessing on a daily basis the mental and physical sharpness of his players and is expecting to utilise his entire first team over the next few days.

However, he is adamant that there is no benefit in trying to plan his teams well in advance when under such demands.

“We always go game by game. We always try to choose the players who are as physically and mentally fit as possible for the game ahead,” he said.“We just take it step by step.

“It’s very tough to be playing the same team for these three games.

“We played on Saturday and now we are playing again on Tuesday and then again on Saturday.

“Also the weather conditions have been really tough and all the pitches are quite heavy and that places a lot of mental and physical strain on the players.

“We are looking to have players who are as fresh as possible to be giving us the best possible performances.

“We will be looking to make changes if needs be and we will be looking to give minutes to players who perhaps don’t play as much so we have fresh players to face these games as best as possible.”

Back-to-back away trips in the space of a few days to Hull and Sunderland are pretty much as bad as it gets for Saints but Pochettino reflected: “We knew that from the beginning of the season that we would need to make use of our full squad but what we’re always looking for is to have a competitive side in every single game and we have a team where 20-22 players any of them can play.

“It’s clear that the manager always has his own particular choices as to what team he lays out and what players he chooses for every single position but it’s also clear that any of the players available here whether young or older are competitive and available to play.”

The Saints boss is hoping that the tough schedule won’t derail his side’s good form, which has seen them string together a run of seven games unbeaten in all competitions.

“We just hope that the team can carry on with the positive mentality and the positive results it has been getting,” said Pochettino.

“So far in 2014 the team also went through a very tough moment with departures happening from the club but the team also showed its togetherness and unity and that helped the team to actually achieve these really good results.

“Our mentality is always to improve because we can always improve and always do better.

“The mentality has been positive from this team and hopefully we can carry on that same mentality and performance against a very tough side such as Hull.”

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9:10am Tue 11 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

In 45 years of following the Saints should have and could have regrettably marked our 'almost' high points…79 league cup…82 and 84 league title and 84 FA cup semi final..were all examples of being good enough but not quite enough belief and killer instinct…..76 was an anomoly in that we finally
won when we should not have.

However none of the above remotely compares with the overwhelming superiority we have displayed this season without gaining the maximum points….in 82 and 84 when we were good we were stunning but our off days were very poor…..this year I can think of 3 games were we were definately second best…2x Chelski and 1x Spurs (some will rightly debate that)

Norwich and Everton we were fully deserving of the draw other than that we were the best team in EVERY game by a hell of a margin United, Cteh, Sunderland x2 Arsenal, Newcastle, WHU, Stoke, should have seen 16 more points 16!!! never have I seen any team so good fail so spectacularly again and again and again not to capitalize…..

It is a factor that JRod is not clinical enough however many are half chances, we need a little more guile and speed then maybe just maybe...
In 45 years of following the Saints should have and could have regrettably marked our 'almost' high points…79 league cup…82 and 84 league title and 84 FA cup semi final..were all examples of being good enough but not quite enough belief and killer instinct…..76 was an anomoly in that we finally won when we should not have. However none of the above remotely compares with the overwhelming superiority we have displayed this season without gaining the maximum points….in 82 and 84 when we were good we were stunning but our off days were very poor…..this year I can think of 3 games were we were definately second best…2x Chelski and 1x Spurs (some will rightly debate that) Norwich and Everton we were fully deserving of the draw other than that we were the best team in EVERY game by a hell of a margin United, Cteh, Sunderland x2 Arsenal, Newcastle, WHU, Stoke, should have seen 16 more points 16!!! never have I seen any team so good fail so spectacularly again and again and again not to capitalize….. It is a factor that JRod is not clinical enough however many are half chances, we need a little more guile and speed then maybe just maybe... warrens 76
  • Score: 21

9:25am Tue 11 Feb 14

DragonSaint says...

Seems to be a problem for many teams this year - maybe MCity can be excluded from this point - that many chances are being created but less goals going in. Thinking of Chelsea against Wham especially, but seem to have been many more.
Seems to be a problem for many teams this year - maybe MCity can be excluded from this point - that many chances are being created but less goals going in. Thinking of Chelsea against Wham especially, but seem to have been many more. DragonSaint
  • Score: 5

9:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

Good points by Warren and Dragon .. but what is this article about?
Of course he can change his team and use lots of players ! The rest is just a meandeing ramble.

So let's talk about the weather. How much longer before Somerset is reclassified as an ocean not a county and they allow East Anglia to float back to Holland where it belongs. I am utterly fed up with it pi$$ing down all the time.

Mind you this will be good for the grass when it finally starts growing again, then we can all start watching it when the Echo writes articles like this.

Don't even get me started on how fast paint dries in wet weather.

You can't even have a riot because it's too difficult when everyone is holding a brolly.
Good points by Warren and Dragon .. but what is this article about? Of course he can change his team and use lots of players ! The rest is just a meandeing ramble. So let's talk about the weather. How much longer before Somerset is reclassified as an ocean not a county and they allow East Anglia to float back to Holland where it belongs. I am utterly fed up with it pi$$ing down all the time. Mind you this will be good for the grass when it finally starts growing again, then we can all start watching it when the Echo writes articles like this. Don't even get me started on how fast paint dries in wet weather. You can't even have a riot because it's too difficult when everyone is holding a brolly. Alicesdad
  • Score: 7

10:26am Tue 11 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

I hope the pitch is suitable for playing football on, being shared with a rugby club.
Don't want the ball bobbling all over the place, or the grass left too long.
I hope the pitch is suitable for playing football on, being shared with a rugby club. Don't want the ball bobbling all over the place, or the grass left too long. Costa Baz
  • Score: 3

10:31am Tue 11 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Good points by Warren and Dragon .. but what is this article about?
Of course he can change his team and use lots of players ! The rest is just a meandeing ramble.

So let's talk about the weather. How much longer before Somerset is reclassified as an ocean not a county and they allow East Anglia to float back to Holland where it belongs. I am utterly fed up with it pi$$ing down all the time.

Mind you this will be good for the grass when it finally starts growing again, then we can all start watching it when the Echo writes articles like this.

Don't even get me started on how fast paint dries in wet weather.

You can't even have a riot because it's too difficult when everyone is holding a brolly.
No brollies over here today, AD, do you want me to start a French riot for you?

Mind you, how many hard-working Frenchmen do you think it would take to start a riot?

Probably both of them :)

(Sorry, Terrence, realredarmy and StElssas)

Tonight? I'd like to see Victor, JWP and Guly get some time. Any or all of them could be useful on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Good points by Warren and Dragon .. but what is this article about? Of course he can change his team and use lots of players ! The rest is just a meandeing ramble. So let's talk about the weather. How much longer before Somerset is reclassified as an ocean not a county and they allow East Anglia to float back to Holland where it belongs. I am utterly fed up with it pi$$ing down all the time. Mind you this will be good for the grass when it finally starts growing again, then we can all start watching it when the Echo writes articles like this. Don't even get me started on how fast paint dries in wet weather. You can't even have a riot because it's too difficult when everyone is holding a brolly.[/p][/quote]No brollies over here today, AD, do you want me to start a French riot for you? Mind you, how many hard-working Frenchmen do you think it would take to start a riot? Probably both of them :) (Sorry, Terrence, realredarmy and StElssas) Tonight? I'd like to see Victor, JWP and Guly get some time. Any or all of them could be useful on Saturday. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 5

3:47pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Wembley76 says...

We should use VW, JWP, Chambers and Gallagher, resting Ricky, Davis, Corky and Clyne ...at least for the first half...after tha we are a little sparse on rotatable talent....for me Guly is too weak defensively...
We should use VW, JWP, Chambers and Gallagher, resting Ricky, Davis, Corky and Clyne ...at least for the first half...after tha we are a little sparse on rotatable talent....for me Guly is too weak defensively... Wembley76
  • Score: 1

5:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Buddy SFC says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Good points by Warren and Dragon .. but what is this article about?
Of course he can change his team and use lots of players ! The rest is just a meandeing ramble.

So let's talk about the weather. How much longer before Somerset is reclassified as an ocean not a county and they allow East Anglia to float back to Holland where it belongs. I am utterly fed up with it pi$$ing down all the time.

Mind you this will be good for the grass when it finally starts growing again, then we can all start watching it when the Echo writes articles like this.

Don't even get me started on how fast paint dries in wet weather.

You can't even have a riot because it's too difficult when everyone is holding a brolly.
But how long to the dreaded Water ban ?
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Good points by Warren and Dragon .. but what is this article about? Of course he can change his team and use lots of players ! The rest is just a meandeing ramble. So let's talk about the weather. How much longer before Somerset is reclassified as an ocean not a county and they allow East Anglia to float back to Holland where it belongs. I am utterly fed up with it pi$$ing down all the time. Mind you this will be good for the grass when it finally starts growing again, then we can all start watching it when the Echo writes articles like this. Don't even get me started on how fast paint dries in wet weather. You can't even have a riot because it's too difficult when everyone is holding a brolly.[/p][/quote]But how long to the dreaded Water ban ? Buddy SFC
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rank Xerox says...

A win tonight is more important than a win on Saturday (I expect I'm the only one that thinks that)!!
A win tonight is more important than a win on Saturday (I expect I'm the only one that thinks that)!! Rank Xerox
  • Score: -1

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