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Southampton - Pochettino's Reign

Started on 10 April 2014 by Bantams
Latest Reply on 17 April 2014 by Bantams
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Me, great writer? Bahahaha, good one :P. Interesting signings, since you have Chambers, Clyne and now Flanagan.. Are you going to use him as a natural RB or the way BR does, as LB?
2014-04-13 22:30#169371 Pauker : Me, great writer? Bahahaha, good one :P. Interesting signings, since you have Chambers, Clyne and now Flanagan.. Are you going to use him as a natural RB or the way BR does, as LB?

Yeah man for sure! I'm really enjoying your Racing story, it's got me hooked!
I plan to use Flanagan as a left back, due to Chambers not being as good there and not having any realistic cover for Shaw :P
Anymore signings in the near future? What are you going to do about the Osvaldo situation? Give him another season to prove himself or ship him out asap?
Nice start, good luck!
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August Report

Premier Divison | Southampton 4-2 Newcastle United | St Mary's

A trilling opener to the season for the neutrals, six goals and plenty of controversy. Newcastle came flying out the blocks scoring on the second minute of the game, there was plenty of fine passing on display from both sides which was promising. Lambert leveled the scoring on the 36th minute. Both teams went in locked level at half time and it wasn't until the 61st minute when Lambert added to Southampton's positive start to the second half, the game evened out for the next 15 minutes or so but then the flood gates opened and the controversy came into play. Luke Shaw doubled Southampton's lead with an unbelievable shot into the top bag. Ben Arfa was then given a penalty for what looked like a clear dive by the french man after Shaw was running shoulder to shoulder with him, he went down like a man being shot and he got up and converted the penalty on the 83rd. One minute later Check Tiote was sent off for a horrific challenge on Saints Skipper Lallana, Lallana wasn't shaken up by this and he went on to round the scoring off on the 88th minute.

Premier Division | Manchester City 1-0 Southampton | Etihad Stadium

A game which was expected to be one way traffic proved to be quite the opposite as early title favorites and big spenders Manchester City hosted Southampton at the Etihad. Southampton started the game the most positive and were displaying great pass and move football for the majority of the half, Lallana was unlucky enough to have a wonderful chipped goal chalked off for offside on the 36th minute, replays showed that the official made the right call, then followed more dominance from the Saints penning them back in their final third and it was looking all Southampton until on the 42nd minute Alvaro Negredo managed to nod home the only goal of the game from a David Silva corner. The second half was more even and Southampton can take many positives from this game and will be disappointed not to have taken anything from the Manchester club.

Capital One Cup | Southampton 3-2 Wolves | St Mary's

Southampton came into this game strong favorites against the recently relegated side Wolves but nobody could predict what happened next, Wolves found themselves 2-0 up with just 11 minutes on the board. Greek forward Apostolos Vellios fired the Midlands club into a commanding lead with two magnificent strikes leaving the Goalkeeper hapless and the defenders embarrassed. Pochettino was left red faced and it wasn't until the second half until Southampton actually came back into the game. New signing Harry Kane was thrown on and he dully delivered, he was a constant threat and a piece of pure brilliance forced the Wolves keeper into a smart stop and from the resulting corner Jose Fonte was able to capitalize and give the Southampton fans something to cheer. Kane wasn't finished there as he was constantly asking questions of the Wolves defence and it wasn't long before his persistence paid off. Gaston Ramirez played a delicious ball through the two defenders and Kane was able to burst through round the keeper and slot home. With the game locked level at 2-2 it looked more and more likely that the sides were going to go to extra time and it looked to be the case. Until a Ward-Prowse corner was floated in, it looked like Wolves had done enough to clear it but it fell to Yoshida who managed to chest down and fire home a absolute worldie from 25 yards. 3-2 the score finished but Southampton will be concerned about the way they defended in the first half.

Premier Division | Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa | St Mary's

Southampton went into their final game of the month without a clean sheet, but they can't be to disheartened as they have managed to do themselves justice with a convincing win against Newcastle and an unfortunate defeat to Manchester city. The game started and it was a fairly even contest both teams attacking with pace and going for it looking to open the deadlock. It took only till the 18th minute till someone did manage to do so, on the 18th minute Gaston Ramirez scored a beautifully executed free kick to give the home fans something to cheer, they managed to hold on till half time and went in one up. the second half began and Villa continued doing what they do best, breaking with pace but it was an off day for their strikers. They were unable to hit the target until the 54th minute when Beneteke hit a volley and forced a great save from Polish keeper Boruc. Fast forward twelve minutes and Southampton doubled their lead. England international Jay Rodriguez got himself on the score sheet due a great hold up play by Kane and a perfectly weighted ball slipped into Rodriguez's feet, he took it on his right foot and finished excellenctly. It looked like Southampton was heading for their first clean sheet of the season only to be denied by young wing back Joe Bennett on the 87th minute. A solid performance by the Saints but they'll be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet.

Authors Notes

Firstly I'd like to thank everyone for the support and interest they have taken in this story and I will try to update more frequently but I have been unable to do so as often as I like lately due to Football commitments in real life and also a sucky part time job, but I hope to update more frequently over the coming days/weeks.

Secondly, I'd like to thank Josh_MU for the terrific banner, his graphics are top quality and he is a kind soul that is always there to lend a helping hand to me, so thanks Josh :P
Great update as per usual man! Some good wins there! Unlucky about the City defeat but your team must of performed well to only concede one goal haha! Nice style of presenting your matches. Keep up the good work!

Awesome banner too, I wonder who made it... ;)
Thanks Josh! Appreciate the comment and yeah I wonder who did make that haha ;)

Credit where credits due its a great banner and I've done a little bit in the Authors note dedicated to you so cheers buddy! :P

My Long Term Plan - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of his long term plan for his squad, stating that he will leave a lasting legacy at the club. Pochettino is known to come across as this 'arrogant man' but you can't argue with what he has achieved since coming in. The young Argentinian manager has managed to avoid relegation last season with Southampton but not only that he managed to guide them to a very respectable 14th position, not only that his side have had a very good start to the season. Winning three out of the four games played, and were very unfortunate in defeat against former Champions Manchester City.

Pochettino on Southampton

"Southampton es un club fantástico, uno con mucha historia. Sé que los tiempos han sido una lucha últimamente con los descensos y los problemas financieros. Pero ahora estoy seguro de que sólo los buenos tiempos están por delante. Tenemos un presidente muy ambiciones que como yo cree que este club debe luchando en las competiciones europeas. Tenemos un excelente establecido aquí y facilidades igualmente terribles. Tenemos un bonito estadio y algunos fans muy fieles que se han pegado por este club a través del mal y del bien y voy a pagar su fe, haciéndonos una fuerza a tener en cuenta. Tenemos los materiales para hacerlo, así que ¿por qué no?"

"Southampton are a terrific club, one with a lot of history. I know that times have been a struggle lately with the relegations and financial problems. But now I am sure that only good times are ahead. We have a very ambitions chairman who like me believes that this club should be battling in the European Competitions. We have a terrific set up here and equally terrific facilities. We have a nice stadium and some very loyal fans that have stuck by this club through the bad and the good and I will repay their faith by making us a force to be reckoned with. We have the materials to do so, so why not?"

Pochettino on the Team

"Mira, el equipo aquí es muy talentoso. Tenemos un equipo de jugadores con mucho talento no sólo eso, contamos con un equipo de jugadores jóvenes con mucho talento que les permite conocer mejor como las estaciones se encienden. Tengo tres años más a la izquierda en mi contrato aquí y espero que para jugar fuera de mi contrato, e inevitablemente ganarse la renovación. Quiero dejar un legado duradero aquí, al igual que Wenger en el Arsenal y Ferguson en el United. Estoy seguro de que puedo hacerlo con lo que tengo aquí, jugamos una marca muy atractiva del fútbol aquí. Mantenemos muy bien el balón y lo usamos sabiamente, cuando perdemos el balón presionamos y presione hasta que nos reservamos de nuevo. Todo el mundo está en la misma página aquí todos son como yo. Con el objetivo de ser la mejor."

"Look, the team here is a very talented one. We have a team of very talented players not only that, we have a team of very talented young players that will get better as the seasons go on. I have three more years left on my deal here and I expect to play out my contract, and inevitably earn a renewal. I want to leave a lasting legacy here, just like Wenger at Arsenal and Ferguson at United. I am confident that I can do so with what I have here, we play a very attractive brand of football here. We keep the ball very well and use it wisely, when we lose the ball we press and press till we retain it again. Everyone is on the same page here they are all like me. Aiming to be the best."

Pochettino on Transfers

"Hasta el momento yo diría que hemos hecho bastante bien en el mercado de fichajes. Hemos traído a algún gran calidad, no sólo eso, sino que somos grandes nombres también. Esta es una clara indicación de dónde estamos actualmente como un club, la gente quiere ser parte de este momento tan especial y yo no los culpo, yo también!"

"En la medida de las transferencias como futuros vayan. Yo no diría que hay que precipitarse en nada y arriesgarse a gastar millones sin razón, en primer lugar yo no haría una cosa y el riesgo estúpido como poner este club en riesgo. En segundo lugar, no veo la necesidad real de nuevas caras hasta el momento, contamos con un gran conjunto de experiencia y muchachos jóvenes aquí que sólo van a mejorar a medida que progresamos"

"So far I'd say we've done pretty well in the transfer market. We've brought in some great quality, not only that but they are big names too. This is a clear indication of where we are currently as a club, people want to be a part of this special time and I don't blame them, I would too!"

"As far as future transfers go. I wouldn't say we have to rush into anything and risk spending millions for no reason, firstly I wouldn't do such a idiotic thing and risk putting this club at risk. Secondly, I don't see the real need for any new faces as of yet, we have a great set of experience & young lads here that are only going to get better as we progress"

Pochettino on Osvaldo

"Mira, lo que Pablo hizo fue tonto y muy poco profesional, él sabe lo que hizo estuvo mal. Pero no lo hemos abandonado por completo, se le prestó a la Juve, este espectáculo de la calidad de lo que siguen siendo capaces de atraer el interés de un club como Juventus. En lo que va de su carrera Southampton, yo no diría que la puerta esté completamente cerrada sobre él, pero tomará algo de convencimiento con el fin de dejar que se quede. Si él decide ir a continuación vamos a obtener una cuota muy saludable para él, pero si él decide quedarse y luego mirar para seguir adelante. Él es un gran futbolista, pero todavía no es el profesional completa."

"Look, what Pablo did was silly and very unprofessional, he knows what he did was wrong. But we haven't completely abandoned him, we loaned him out to Juve, this show the quality of him still being able to attract interest from a club such as Juventus. As far as his Southampton career goes, I wouldn't say the door is completely shut on him but it will take some convincing in order to let him stay. If he chooses to go then we will get a very healthy fee for him, but if he chooses to stay and then we look to go forward. He is a great footballer but he isn't the complete professional yet."

Osvaldo Bites Back

On loan Southampton forward Osvaldo has hit back at Saints boss Pochettino, stating that he wouldn't dream of going back to England to play for his parent club.

"Look, What I did was wrong but the way I have been treated in all of this is unfair. Pochettino is clueless, he doesn't know his arse from his elbow, he was the same at Espanyol. He is too big headed and believes he is a lot better than he actually is. I wouldn't dream of going back there to play under him, I'm happy here playing in Italy and hope to secure a move back here, or in fact where ever I am able to, I just want to be as far away from that man as possible, not all the money in the world could tempt me back there!"

Osvaldo is enjoying a very good loan spell at Juventus thus far scoring 6 goals in 4 games, including a hat trick against Seria A title contenders Roma.

It is believed that Juventus are interested in signing the want away striker on a permanent deal at a cut price. But it remains to be seen whether or not his parent club are willing to let him go on the cheap, only time will tell...

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