Pochettino reveals that Southampton return will be 'emotional'

The Tottenham manager is set to return to his old ground when the Saints host the North Londoners on Saturday.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he is unsure of how he'll feel when he takes his Tottenham team to St Mary's this weekend, telling the club's website that a return to Southampton will be 'emotional.'

Just a couple of weeks after Tim Sherwood returned to White Hart Lane to win with his Aston Villa side, the former centre back will be hoping to do the same thing to his old club, despite any lingering affection he may have from his spell in Hampshire.

“It’s difficult to know at the moment," he said when asked how it'll feel to take Spurs to St Mary's. "It’s true I’m an emotional person and it’s an emotional game because we spent one-and-a-half-years at Southampton and it was a fantastic period.

“However, the most important thing is the match and what happens on the pitch.”

Despite any nostalgia Pochettino may be feeling, he was clear that Spurs will have to be focused to pick up points against an impressive Southampton side.

“We expect a tough game against a team in a good moment,” he added. “Southampton have very good players and they are enjoying a brilliant season so far.

“It’s an important game for both teams. It’s not decisive but important because we’re only one point ahead.”

The Spurs manager will be taking his side to St Mary's for the first time as an opponent, and may have to brace himself for a mixed reception from the supporters that were right behind him this time last year.

Many Saints fans were more disappointed with Pochettino's decision to leave Southampton than any of the players that were transferred last summer, and with Spurs set to fall behind the South Coast club in the Premier League if they lose on Saturday, supporters may well inform the Argentinian that he was wrong to depart.

Not that Southampton fans mind too much now, Dutch legend Ronald Koeman has arrived from Feyenoord and actually improved the side from when Pochettino was in charge.

Tottenham will be eager to keep up their slim chances of making the top four though, and Pochettino and co will know that they only way to do that is to pick up the three points at St Mary's.

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