Pochettino: We believed we could win

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News

Mauricio Pochettino insisted his first win as Saints manager was a victory for belief.

The new boss picked up a stunning first three points in his fourth game in charge as Saints gunned down Premier League champions Manchester City 3-1 at St Mary’s.

The match was a one sided affair that Saints truthfully won at a canter to give themselves breathing space above the bottom three and delight Pochettino.

He said: “Victory only comes if you believe you can get the victory.

“The most important thing here at Southampton is that everybody believes in our victories.

“We believed we could win and that’s the way we should go.

“We are all very happy – all the staff and everybody integrated into this club.

“I want to thank the supporters for the great support they gave. “The stadium was vibrating.

“The key is all the work we put into it and the work we put into all the matches.

“We saw it here and the result came for us.”

Pochettino had a game plan to stop City playing but not even he could have believed it would so effective.

“I have seen that we cut the connection between their lines and have not let them play,” he said.

“It (the result) has a great value. The team has deserved its victory.”

He added: “I'm very proud and very happy for the team, who deserved the victory.

“I'm very happy for all the people who work with Southampton and for all the people here at St Mary's today, it has been an incredible day.”

Saints now have a fortnight in which to prepare to take on Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side at St James’ Park.

Injured stars Luke Shaw and Gaston Ramirez could be in contention for the February 24 game after failing to recover in time to face City.

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11:13pm Sun 10 Feb 13

iswhite10 says...

I'm afraid I now really do love Mauricio Pochettino, very, very much, however I'll never forget our Beloved Nigel, does that make me a bad person?
And as a Saints fan of 44 years I'm just generally delirious after yesterday!
I cannot WAIT until our next game.....
Great days......
I'm afraid I now really do love Mauricio Pochettino, very, very much, however I'll never forget our Beloved Nigel, does that make me a bad person? And as a Saints fan of 44 years I'm just generally delirious after yesterday! I cannot WAIT until our next game..... Great days...... iswhite10
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11:32pm Sun 10 Feb 13

West Cork Saiint says...

Mauricio has clearly stepped it up a level and I guess we must congratulate NC for his vision. Cheers!
Mauricio has clearly stepped it up a level and I guess we must congratulate NC for his vision. Cheers! West Cork Saiint
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6:39am Mon 11 Feb 13

Sally Hamilton Original says...

I loved Nigel and was gutted when he went but have always said from the start (even with Pardew) NC has the clubs best interests at heart, I know it's only one win, but to stifle the champions so well was amazing. MP I think is going to do so well for us and I love the style of play he has brought ! I also love the fact saints have adapted to his style so quickly! Well done saints and MP, but most of all, thank you NC!
I loved Nigel and was gutted when he went but have always said from the start (even with Pardew) NC has the clubs best interests at heart, I know it's only one win, but to stifle the champions so well was amazing. MP I think is going to do so well for us and I love the style of play he has brought ! I also love the fact saints have adapted to his style so quickly! Well done saints and MP, but most of all, thank you NC! Sally Hamilton Original
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9:36am Mon 11 Feb 13

Alicesdad says...

I predict a riot
I predict a riot Alicesdad
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9:39am Mon 11 Feb 13

Alicesdad says...

I'm really looking forward to the first interview Pochettino gives in English. It'll take a while to get his speaking skills up to interview standard but Im sure he will get the language skills together by the start of next season, even if its just short sentences. I hope so, because the style of play he is encouraging will mean that a lot of people will be listening to him in future !
I'm really looking forward to the first interview Pochettino gives in English. It'll take a while to get his speaking skills up to interview standard but Im sure he will get the language skills together by the start of next season, even if its just short sentences. I hope so, because the style of play he is encouraging will mean that a lot of people will be listening to him in future ! Alicesdad
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10:55am Mon 11 Feb 13

szent8 says...

We have always believed that the team that Nigel built is a winning team. The 'unwanted one' can take no credit.
We have always believed that the team that Nigel built is a winning team. The 'unwanted one' can take no credit. szent8
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4:25pm Mon 11 Feb 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

a great manager.congratulati
ons to NC from one of his sternest critics.keep up the good work.upwards and onwards as one.
COYR
a great manager.congratulati ons to NC from one of his sternest critics.keep up the good work.upwards and onwards as one. COYR CB FRY LIVES
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9:23pm Mon 11 Feb 13

West Cork Saiint says...

szent8 wrote:
We have always believed that the team that Nigel built is a winning team. The 'unwanted one' can take no credit.
I have to disagree there, no denying that NA created a great team for SFC, and I was a massive fan, but I don't think the team would have played like that and won so convincingly if he were still in charge. Mo Po has definitely inspired an intensity that was not there for the full 90mins before.
[quote][p][bold]szent8[/bold] wrote: We have always believed that the team that Nigel built is a winning team. The 'unwanted one' can take no credit.[/p][/quote]I have to disagree there, no denying that NA created a great team for SFC, and I was a massive fan, but I don't think the team would have played like that and won so convincingly if he were still in charge. Mo Po has definitely inspired an intensity that was not there for the full 90mins before. West Cork Saiint
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