Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted returning to former club Southampton was very tough because he still holds strong feelings for the South Coast club, the BBC report.
The Argentine joined the Saints as head coach in January 2013, controversially taking over from Nigel Adkins months after receiving the sack at La Liga side Espanyol.
He guided the Saints to safety in the 2012/13 season before an excellent eighth-placed finish last season prompted the White Hart Lane hierarchy to employ him as head coach in the summer.
Pochettino’s decision to join Spurs was met with disappointment at St. Mary’s, but his feelings for the club are still evident as he spoke to reporters about his emotions after Saturday’s early clash.
"I was focused on my job but was a very tough and emotional game for me. It was difficult because I still love Southampton and I have very good memories here,” he told the BBC.
The exciting 2-2 draw maintains both clubs’ push for a Europa League place this season, though given the circumstances, Pochettino may come away happier with the point.
Ronald Koeman’s Saints side took the lead twice through Italian striker Graziano Pelle, but they were pegged back through goals from Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli.
Liverpool’s 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion means there is no change in the table, Spurs maintaining their sixth-place spot ahead of the visit of Manchester City next weekend.