Poch to stick with cup squad

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News

Mauricio Pochettino is set to ring the changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup tie at Sunderland.

A glamour quarter-final tie at home to Chelsea awaits the winner of the game at the Stadium of Light, but Saints’ priority very much remains the league.

That means that Pochettino will once again go safety first with his regular Premier League starting line-up and give many of his fringe players a chance to shine.

With a long away trip sandwiched between important league matches against Stoke and Hull, it is expected that Pochettino will not even take many of the first team regulars with him to the north east.

Instead it will be left to some experienced heads that have had to patiently await their turn with the side doing so well at present, as well as a sprinkling of academy starlets.

Pochettino, who changed his entire starting XI for the last round win against Bristol City, explained: “I am going to be using the players I have been using for the Capital One Cup.

“There could be rotations and players coming in and players coming out.

“I will definitely use the team that I think has the best chance of winning at Sunderland.”

That means a likely recall for goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, hoping to stake his claim after a tough weekend for Artur Boruc.

The back four will probably consist of Calum Chambers, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld and Danny Fox.

All of those players have been itching to get a chance but haven’t had too many opportunities with the first choice defence having only leaked four goals in ten Premier League games.

Yoshida and Hooiveld – who made 57 Premier League appearances between them last season – haven’t been called on at all in the league so far.

Fox has been restricted to two starts while Chambers started the first three games in the injury-enforced absence of Nathaniel Clyne.

Another virtually forgotten man, Jack Cork, is also set for a run out.

One of the stars of last season, Cork has had to play second fiddle to £12m summer signing Victor Wanyama.

Steven Davis returned from injury to take a place amongst the subs at Stoke and could get a game under his belt.

The Northern Ireland captain scored twice against Barnsley in Saints’ first Capital One Cup tie of the campaign.

Other well known faces that could play include Gaston Ramirez and Tadanari Lee.

Ramirez has scored in both Capital One Cup ties this season, while Lee was an unused sub at Stoke and needs game time to prove he can rival the likes of Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo.

Guly Do Prado is out injured while Jay Rodriguez could feature after his equaliser at Stoke.

Pochettino has also used the competition as a chance to blood youngsters and is likely to name a number of them in his squad.

He gave three teens – Harrison Reed, Omar Rowe and Jake Sinclair – their competitive debuts at Barnsley in August.

In addition, 20-year-old midfielder Lloyd Isgrove was handed his first competitive start for the club.

Reed and Rowe appeared off the bench again against Bristol City, while youngsters Matt Targett and Jason McCarthy were unused subs.

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7:34am Wed 6 Nov 13

Buddy SFC says...

As tough a decision it must be with the bright lights of a Qtr final ahead, without the squad mentally strong, after Christmas after a few injury's our season would stall ..... More than likely we will need 3 or 4 of these guys especially Corky, before the season's out to maintain our push for Europe .............
As tough a decision it must be with the bright lights of a Qtr final ahead, without the squad mentally strong, after Christmas after a few injury's our season would stall ..... More than likely we will need 3 or 4 of these guys especially Corky, before the season's out to maintain our push for Europe ............. Buddy SFC
  • Score: 6

8:00am Wed 6 Nov 13

costa gaz says...

This will be a big test to see how strong our squad actually is.
Sunderland will put out their strongest possible side so we will go no further in this competition imho,
It's a tough call for MP not to feature any of the 1st eleven, but I suppose he has to make the decision of whats best for the Saints.
The bookies go 23/10 for a home win, with saints hot favs at 11/10. With our starting 11 these odds are fair, but play the second string and the home win looks excellent value.
This will be a big test to see how strong our squad actually is. Sunderland will put out their strongest possible side so we will go no further in this competition imho, It's a tough call for MP not to feature any of the 1st eleven, but I suppose he has to make the decision of whats best for the Saints. The bookies go 23/10 for a home win, with saints hot favs at 11/10. With our starting 11 these odds are fair, but play the second string and the home win looks excellent value. costa gaz
  • Score: 6

8:08am Wed 6 Nov 13

Southampton boy says...

As he says not interested in cup only the prem! not ure if this is a good thing or not but we do need to get the other players game time. The biggest question would be what willl or who will he play if we get a win that would be interesting
As he says not interested in cup only the prem! not ure if this is a good thing or not but we do need to get the other players game time. The biggest question would be what willl or who will he play if we get a win that would be interesting Southampton boy
  • Score: 3

8:08am Wed 6 Nov 13

Southampton boy says...

As he says not interested in cup only the prem! not ure if this is a good thing or not but we do need to get the other players game time. The biggest question would be what willl or who will he play if we get a win that would be interesting
As he says not interested in cup only the prem! not ure if this is a good thing or not but we do need to get the other players game time. The biggest question would be what willl or who will he play if we get a win that would be interesting Southampton boy
  • Score: 0

8:48am Wed 6 Nov 13

lambo83 says...

I wonder if he'll take the samne mentality for the Chelsea game in the eventuality that we win.

Personally I'd love a cup run to Wembley.
I wonder if he'll take the samne mentality for the Chelsea game in the eventuality that we win. Personally I'd love a cup run to Wembley. lambo83
  • Score: 9

9:03am Wed 6 Nov 13

george chivers says...

costa gaz wrote:
This will be a big test to see how strong our squad actually is.
Sunderland will put out their strongest possible side so we will go no further in this competition imho,
It's a tough call for MP not to feature any of the 1st eleven, but I suppose he has to make the decision of whats best for the Saints.
The bookies go 23/10 for a home win, with saints hot favs at 11/10. With our starting 11 these odds are fair, but play the second string and the home win looks excellent value.
Why do you think Sunderland will put out their strongest team? I think that would be a bit of a risk, considering their league position and their recent two, three match suspensions.

Surely they would be better off out of the competition to concentrate on the league, and save their PL status, if they can. 11/10 looks like a good bet to me, considering the strength of our squad.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: This will be a big test to see how strong our squad actually is. Sunderland will put out their strongest possible side so we will go no further in this competition imho, It's a tough call for MP not to feature any of the 1st eleven, but I suppose he has to make the decision of whats best for the Saints. The bookies go 23/10 for a home win, with saints hot favs at 11/10. With our starting 11 these odds are fair, but play the second string and the home win looks excellent value.[/p][/quote]Why do you think Sunderland will put out their strongest team? I think that would be a bit of a risk, considering their league position and their recent two, three match suspensions. Surely they would be better off out of the competition to concentrate on the league, and save their PL status, if they can. 11/10 looks like a good bet to me, considering the strength of our squad. george chivers
  • Score: 2

9:39am Wed 6 Nov 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

It is an interesting scenario, and although as a Saints supporter I always expect and desire us to win, this time I see it just as an opportunity to give our squad players some pitch time, the problem is that they are all likely to be rusty, fitness shouldn't be an issue, as they do the same training regime as the first XI, but that is no use in the reality of playing a ninety minute game. We are playing a team with similar issues, one that has been struggling recently and are looking to clutch at any straw. I guess it will be down to whichever team wants it the most, and frankly I am not in any way convinced that it will be us, a Home tie against Chelsea is a good reason to win it as that could be very remunerative. COYRs.
It is an interesting scenario, and although as a Saints supporter I always expect and desire us to win, this time I see it just as an opportunity to give our squad players some pitch time, the problem is that they are all likely to be rusty, fitness shouldn't be an issue, as they do the same training regime as the first XI, but that is no use in the reality of playing a ninety minute game. We are playing a team with similar issues, one that has been struggling recently and are looking to clutch at any straw. I guess it will be down to whichever team wants it the most, and frankly I am not in any way convinced that it will be us, a Home tie against Chelsea is a good reason to win it as that could be very remunerative. COYRs. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

9:57am Wed 6 Nov 13

DragonSaint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
It is an interesting scenario, and although as a Saints supporter I always expect and desire us to win, this time I see it just as an opportunity to give our squad players some pitch time, the problem is that they are all likely to be rusty, fitness shouldn't be an issue, as they do the same training regime as the first XI, but that is no use in the reality of playing a ninety minute game. We are playing a team with similar issues, one that has been struggling recently and are looking to clutch at any straw. I guess it will be down to whichever team wants it the most, and frankly I am not in any way convinced that it will be us, a Home tie against Chelsea is a good reason to win it as that could be very remunerative. COYRs.
Agreed - Poyet will need a win to settle the fans and provide a lift for his team. (Although a derby win will have helped).
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: It is an interesting scenario, and although as a Saints supporter I always expect and desire us to win, this time I see it just as an opportunity to give our squad players some pitch time, the problem is that they are all likely to be rusty, fitness shouldn't be an issue, as they do the same training regime as the first XI, but that is no use in the reality of playing a ninety minute game. We are playing a team with similar issues, one that has been struggling recently and are looking to clutch at any straw. I guess it will be down to whichever team wants it the most, and frankly I am not in any way convinced that it will be us, a Home tie against Chelsea is a good reason to win it as that could be very remunerative. COYRs.[/p][/quote]Agreed - Poyet will need a win to settle the fans and provide a lift for his team. (Although a derby win will have helped). DragonSaint
  • Score: 1

10:26am Wed 6 Nov 13

costa gaz says...

george chivers wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
This will be a big test to see how strong our squad actually is.
Sunderland will put out their strongest possible side so we will go no further in this competition imho,
It's a tough call for MP not to feature any of the 1st eleven, but I suppose he has to make the decision of whats best for the Saints.
The bookies go 23/10 for a home win, with saints hot favs at 11/10. With our starting 11 these odds are fair, but play the second string and the home win looks excellent value.
Why do you think Sunderland will put out their strongest team? I think that would be a bit of a risk, considering their league position and their recent two, three match suspensions.

Surely they would be better off out of the competition to concentrate on the league, and save their PL status, if they can. 11/10 looks like a good bet to me, considering the strength of our squad.
Fair point George, but I've read that Poyet is looking to implement his system into the side and wants continuity as much as possible for the tough league games coming up, plus he needs the fans onside asap.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: This will be a big test to see how strong our squad actually is. Sunderland will put out their strongest possible side so we will go no further in this competition imho, It's a tough call for MP not to feature any of the 1st eleven, but I suppose he has to make the decision of whats best for the Saints. The bookies go 23/10 for a home win, with saints hot favs at 11/10. With our starting 11 these odds are fair, but play the second string and the home win looks excellent value.[/p][/quote]Why do you think Sunderland will put out their strongest team? I think that would be a bit of a risk, considering their league position and their recent two, three match suspensions. Surely they would be better off out of the competition to concentrate on the league, and save their PL status, if they can. 11/10 looks like a good bet to me, considering the strength of our squad.[/p][/quote]Fair point George, but I've read that Poyet is looking to implement his system into the side and wants continuity as much as possible for the tough league games coming up, plus he needs the fans onside asap. costa gaz
  • Score: 2

10:41am Wed 6 Nov 13

stu the saint says...

kind of glad Poch is sticking with the cup squad I think they are good enough to turn over a average at best Sunderland side who are struggling atm. more impotently in my eyes we need a strong squad for Saturday I think Hull is going to be a real test they are a good side flying high at the moment, but Im confident we can get a result and I got my ticket yesterday! first game of the season for me....rather excited to! apparently its nearly a sell out so I got told on the phone by the ticket office! great support COYR!!!!!!!! 1-2 Tonight and 3-0 Saturday!!!!!!
kind of glad Poch is sticking with the cup squad I think they are good enough to turn over a average at best Sunderland side who are struggling atm. more impotently in my eyes we need a strong squad for Saturday I think Hull is going to be a real test they are a good side flying high at the moment, but Im confident we can get a result and I got my ticket yesterday! first game of the season for me....rather excited to! apparently its nearly a sell out so I got told on the phone by the ticket office! great support COYR!!!!!!!! 1-2 Tonight and 3-0 Saturday!!!!!! stu the saint
  • Score: 4

12:10pm Wed 6 Nov 13

St.Yorkie says...

Heading uo the A19 later - still not convinced our reserves will do a job. They were very comfortable at Barnsley, but pretty average against Bristol City. Another team would have taken us to the cleaners at SMS on another night.
I go with an open mind - we seems to struggle to score goals without the talisman in the side - so I'm expecting a late night after a 0-0, extra time and penalties.
From memory pretty poor choice of venues to grab a pint - still I doubt I will be there much before 7pm, so straight in the ground. I would love to advance to the next round and see what we can do against Chelsea's reserves.
Still a good couple of hours home after the game - just hope it's worth all the effort. A cold night ahead but could never be as cold as that January night game a few years back! Sure the beer had ice crystals in it!
Heading uo the A19 later - still not convinced our reserves will do a job. They were very comfortable at Barnsley, but pretty average against Bristol City. Another team would have taken us to the cleaners at SMS on another night. I go with an open mind - we seems to struggle to score goals without the talisman in the side - so I'm expecting a late night after a 0-0, extra time and penalties. From memory pretty poor choice of venues to grab a pint - still I doubt I will be there much before 7pm, so straight in the ground. I would love to advance to the next round and see what we can do against Chelsea's reserves. Still a good couple of hours home after the game - just hope it's worth all the effort. A cold night ahead but could never be as cold as that January night game a few years back! Sure the beer had ice crystals in it! St.Yorkie
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Wed 6 Nov 13

right back in the bar says...

As someone brought up on Saints' cup exploits this is disappointing. I cant help feeling this competition represents a real chance of a trophy and we might rue a missed opportunity. And I still believe CL qualification is beyond this team this season - hope I'm wrong but that being the case Europa league with a trophy is better than Europa league without a trophy.
As someone brought up on Saints' cup exploits this is disappointing. I cant help feeling this competition represents a real chance of a trophy and we might rue a missed opportunity. And I still believe CL qualification is beyond this team this season - hope I'm wrong but that being the case Europa league with a trophy is better than Europa league without a trophy. right back in the bar
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Costa Baz says...

Mixed feelings for me, on this game.
I want us to win and progress, because a win, in any competition, is good for the club as a whole, but I don't want our best players burnt or injured.

And given the financial rewards of making it into the latter stages, when crowds increase in anticipation of a Wembley final, I'm hoping that NC is fully supportive of MP's decision.

Our 2nd string, in all honesty, has quite a good bit of experience, of Premier League status, so should at least make a good fist of it. And having seen the standard of foul Sunderland are committing, now that Poyet is shaping them, maybe it is for the best to protect the first team players from potential injury.

Maybe a compromise would be to have a strong bench, if we are chasing a 1 goal deficit?
Mixed feelings for me, on this game. I want us to win and progress, because a win, in any competition, is good for the club as a whole, but I don't want our best players burnt or injured. And given the financial rewards of making it into the latter stages, when crowds increase in anticipation of a Wembley final, I'm hoping that NC is fully supportive of MP's decision. Our 2nd string, in all honesty, has quite a good bit of experience, of Premier League status, so should at least make a good fist of it. And having seen the standard of foul Sunderland are committing, now that Poyet is shaping them, maybe it is for the best to protect the first team players from potential injury. Maybe a compromise would be to have a strong bench, if we are chasing a 1 goal deficit? Costa Baz
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Wed 6 Nov 13

right back in the bar says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Mixed feelings for me, on this game.
I want us to win and progress, because a win, in any competition, is good for the club as a whole, but I don't want our best players burnt or injured.

And given the financial rewards of making it into the latter stages, when crowds increase in anticipation of a Wembley final, I'm hoping that NC is fully supportive of MP's decision.

Our 2nd string, in all honesty, has quite a good bit of experience, of Premier League status, so should at least make a good fist of it. And having seen the standard of foul Sunderland are committing, now that Poyet is shaping them, maybe it is for the best to protect the first team players from potential injury.

Maybe a compromise would be to have a strong bench, if we are chasing a 1 goal deficit?
Agreed - physical intimidation is part of Poyet's game plan and is all he can really call on with the shower he gets to pick from. Also, Uruguyans hate Argentinians. In the end its wise to protect the key players no way any of the back four should play - same for Spider, Lala, and Sir RL.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Mixed feelings for me, on this game. I want us to win and progress, because a win, in any competition, is good for the club as a whole, but I don't want our best players burnt or injured. And given the financial rewards of making it into the latter stages, when crowds increase in anticipation of a Wembley final, I'm hoping that NC is fully supportive of MP's decision. Our 2nd string, in all honesty, has quite a good bit of experience, of Premier League status, so should at least make a good fist of it. And having seen the standard of foul Sunderland are committing, now that Poyet is shaping them, maybe it is for the best to protect the first team players from potential injury. Maybe a compromise would be to have a strong bench, if we are chasing a 1 goal deficit?[/p][/quote]Agreed - physical intimidation is part of Poyet's game plan and is all he can really call on with the shower he gets to pick from. Also, Uruguyans hate Argentinians. In the end its wise to protect the key players no way any of the back four should play - same for Spider, Lala, and Sir RL. right back in the bar
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Poole Tom says...

right back in the bar wrote:
As someone brought up on Saints' cup exploits this is disappointing. I cant help feeling this competition represents a real chance of a trophy and we might rue a missed opportunity. And I still believe CL qualification is beyond this team this season - hope I'm wrong but that being the case Europa league with a trophy is better than Europa league without a trophy.
I entirely agree. Whilst I obviously want us to finish as high up the Premier League as possible that should`nt stop us from trying to win a cup at the same time, like teams used to try and do prior to the advent of the Premier League. The only time I would make an exception to this approach is if it was necessary to protect the first team from injuries because we were in a relegation battle. Fortunately this year that`s not the case so let`s go for it for god`s sake. Otherwise what`s the point in entering these competitions in the first place? To give the youngsters a run out in the first team some may say. But if no first team players are playing we`re not even doing that are we.
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: As someone brought up on Saints' cup exploits this is disappointing. I cant help feeling this competition represents a real chance of a trophy and we might rue a missed opportunity. And I still believe CL qualification is beyond this team this season - hope I'm wrong but that being the case Europa league with a trophy is better than Europa league without a trophy.[/p][/quote]I entirely agree. Whilst I obviously want us to finish as high up the Premier League as possible that should`nt stop us from trying to win a cup at the same time, like teams used to try and do prior to the advent of the Premier League. The only time I would make an exception to this approach is if it was necessary to protect the first team from injuries because we were in a relegation battle. Fortunately this year that`s not the case so let`s go for it for god`s sake. Otherwise what`s the point in entering these competitions in the first place? To give the youngsters a run out in the first team some may say. But if no first team players are playing we`re not even doing that are we. Poole Tom
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Clever Dick says...

right back in the bar wrote:
As someone brought up on Saints' cup exploits this is disappointing. I cant help feeling this competition represents a real chance of a trophy and we might rue a missed opportunity. And I still believe CL qualification is beyond this team this season - hope I'm wrong but that being the case Europa league with a trophy is better than Europa league without a trophy.
Cl may well be beyond us but we are currently right up there with a quarter of the season gone. So we have to go for the greater prize which is undoubtedly the CL. I'm hoping we play the reserves personally and give them a chance to impress. Really can't see Blunder land playing a full strength side either. Premier league survival is worth many millions, winning a cup just a few.
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: As someone brought up on Saints' cup exploits this is disappointing. I cant help feeling this competition represents a real chance of a trophy and we might rue a missed opportunity. And I still believe CL qualification is beyond this team this season - hope I'm wrong but that being the case Europa league with a trophy is better than Europa league without a trophy.[/p][/quote]Cl may well be beyond us but we are currently right up there with a quarter of the season gone. So we have to go for the greater prize which is undoubtedly the CL. I'm hoping we play the reserves personally and give them a chance to impress. Really can't see Blunder land playing a full strength side either. Premier league survival is worth many millions, winning a cup just a few. Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Wed 6 Nov 13

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