Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been remembering his time as Southampton boss on the fifth anniversary of his first Premier League game in charge at St Mary’s.
Pochettino brings his Spurs side to the south coast on Sunday, five years to the day since overseeing a goalless draw against Everton at the Saints helm for the first time.
The Argentinian spoke highly of his former club and is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
“Five years ago we made our debut against Everton at home,” he said.
“It was our first game in England and I have a lot of good memories from this day and a lot of good memories from Southampton.
“It was a club that we enjoyed a lot, we had an amazing time for a year and a half.
“We love a lot of people there and it’s nice to meet Southampton again.”
mauricio pochettinoi have a lot of good memories from southampton. it was a club that we enjoyed a lot, we had an amazing time.
Saints are currently one point and one place outside the bottom three, while Spurs are three points adrift of the Champions League spots.
“Sometimes you can have difficulties, but they have a very good squad with a great manager and coaching staff,” he said of Saints.
“We need to be ready to compete and fight because they need points and they need to win.
“For us it is the same. We need to win to be close to the top four.”
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (illness) will be assessed ahead of kick-off, but Danny Rose (knee), Harry Winks (ankle) and ex-Saint Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) are definitely out.