Southampton star: We prefer Koeman's methods to Pochettino's

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James Ward-Prowse has revealed that the Saints squad prefer Ronald Koeman's training methods to former - and current Spurs - manager Mauricio Pochettino's.

James Ward-Prowse has revealed that Ronald Koeman's training methods are more enjoyable than Mauricio Pochettino's.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino was in charge of Southampton last season, guiding them to an impressive eighth-placed finish.

Koeman, however, has overseen a seamless transition after succeeding the Argentine, with the Saints now second in the Premier League after six games.

And where the Dutchman is seeing particular success is in training, according to Ward-Prowse.

Indeed, the injured midfielder says Koeman focuses on 'short, sharp work,' whereas Pochettino paid more attention to running due to his desire for a high-pressing game.

“With the new manager, training is more about short, sharp work, which I think the players prefer,” Ward-Prowse told the BBC. “I think you can see the differences in our performance.

“Pochettino likes to press a lot more and we did a lot more extra running sessions late into the afternoon during his time at the club.

“I know it’s early in the season but we’re showing signs we can battle it out in the top half of the Premier League."

Ward-Prowse was speaking ahead of Southampton's visit to Spurs this weekend, which will be Pochettino's first clash against his former club.

In stark contrast to the Saints' superb start to the campaign, Tottenham have languished somewhat, although a hard-earned point in the north London derby weekend sees them sit in eighth - adding a nice bit of irony ahead of Sunday's clash.

Meanwhile, former Saint Francis Benali has wished Ward-Prowse a speedy recovery from injury (he was ruled out for 10 weeks after coming off against Swansea City).

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