Pochettino: I love Southampton

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has spoken once again about his bond with his former club.

Mauricio Pochettino says he still 'loves' former club Southampton, although he is unsure if that love is reciprocated by Saints fans.

The Argentine left St Mary's after a fine spell in charge of the club, with his final act being to guide them to eighth in the Premier League, to move to Spurs this summer.

And Sunday sees his first clash against his former side, when Southampton travel to White Hart Lane in the afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Pochettino admits he 'loves' Southampton, as well as a lot of the people he met there during 'an amazing period' in his life.

"I don't know [if the fans love me]," he told reporters. "I love Southampton. I love a lot of people.

"That year-and-a-half in my life was an amazing period and I left, but this is another thing. I have amazing memories from Southampton.

"I know it's football. Now I am happy that they are happy at the beginning of the season and for me that is enough.

"In football, you deserve, you don't deserve [certain things]. Some people say okay, some people say no but this is football.

"I'm happy Southampton have a great season and it's a game that we need to win the three points.

"We need to fight with Southampton on Sunday but it's emotional. Football is emotional and Sunday is emotional for us too."

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