Pochettino explains reason why Tottenham job was harder than Koeman's Southampton role

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Mauricio Pochettino believes his job at Tottenham was more difficult than Ronald Koeman's is at Southampton.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Catalan radio station RAC1 that Ronald Koeman's job at Southampton is easier than his is at Spurs.

Pochettino made the move from Southampton to White Hart Lane in the summer, having guided the Saints to an eighth place finish last season.

He helped the likes of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana earn big moves to Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United, and his work with young players was a large reason why Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wanted to bring him to White Hart Lane.

So far, it's been a bumpy ride for the Argentine; a number of poor home defeats to the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Newcastle United had put him under pressure, but six wins in the last eight games have shown that his methods are starting to reap rewards.

Meanwhile, Southampton have gone from strength to strength since his departure, with Koeman's men up in fourth place in the table having won 13 of their 23 games this term.

Having only conceded 17 goals, Koeman has already built a well-drilled unit, and has recovered superbly from the aforementioned losses of Chambers, Lovren, Shaw and Lallana.

Yet Pochettino believes that most of the work was already done at St. Mary's Stadium, and told RAC1 that his job at Tottenham is harder because he had to start from zero and build the team back up again.

"We brought a lot of young players through and finished eighth," he said. "It is always easier taking over a winning team which is the case this time with Ronald [Koeman]. We came here and had to reinvent things."

"We always laugh about it because we left a team at Southampton that practically trained itself after a year and a half to come here where we had to recreate everything that we had done at Southampton, pretty much from zero, but it’s a great challenge," added Pochettino.

Just two points separate Southampton and Tottenham in the Premier League table, and much will be made of both manager's successes given how Koeman followed on from Pochettino - who meet with their respective teams again on April 25th, with Spurs winning 1-0 when the two teams faced off in October.

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