Ronald Koeman: Mauricio Pochettino did a great job at Southampton

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has spoken about his relationship with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told BT Sport that Mauricio Pochettino should be praised for building the foundations for success at St. Mary's.

Koeman took over from Pochettino at Southampton after the Argentine joined Tottenham Hotspur last summer, and he has nothing but positive things to say about his predecessor.

Koeman says that he has only had to make slight adjustments during his time at the South Coast club, as Pochettino left them in such a good position.

"They make the beginning," Koeman said. "They developed the players. The structure, organisation and the spirit of the players starts under Mauricio. I took that over.

"I like him as a person and as a coach and we have good contact."

Koeman is preparing to take on Pochettino this weekend, when he sees his Southampton side face Tottenham in a match which could have a big bearing on the European ambitions of both teams.

Tottenham and Southampton are battling it out for a place in the Europa League and a win on Saturday would put them in a strong position.

If Southampton were able to make it into Europe in Koeman's first season in charge, it would be a remarkable achievement when considering the change that the club had to go through last summer.

Southampton lost the core of the team that Pochettino enjoyed such success with and, as a result, many feel that Koeman has done an even better job with the Saints than his predecessor did.

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