Date: 20th December 2013 at 9:38pm
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Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he knows the secret to our success so far this season, even though recently it hasn’t gone all our own way.

Our last couple of draws against Manchester City and Newcastle United halted the unexpected run of three defeats on the bounce – even though there’s certainly an argument to be made that our performances didn’t warrant those victories – but now we seem to be back on a more even keel again, Pochettino ahead of the match against Tottenham Hotspur has said to saintsfc that continuing to share the same vision on how we play, the tactics we use and maintaining the effort that we put into 90 minutes has both been the reason for our great start to the season, and the reason we have now arrested our dip.

‘Yes, that’s our philosophy and that’s our identity as a team. We want to keep on doing what we’ve been doing so far and beside the point that the schedule is going to be full of games, we want to show who we are. The thing about this team is that it’s always played the same way. The same identity and when there are more games in the schedule we played against Arsenal and Chelsea, then against Manchester City.’

Poch goes on to say that even though you obviously have to play these teams twice, facing the calibre of those names in such a short period of time will mean that hiccups will happen at points simply because of the effort players put in, and at times despite everyone’s best efforts, something will give. And when it does, it’s a matter of fixing that and rejuvenating yourself and he feels we have done that, without panicking, without tinkering and changing things looking for a solution, we have continued to believe in ourselves and it is now proving to be correct again.

As for the festive fixtures, this is obviously Pochettino’s first Christmas in the country – he’s used to somewhere a little warmer! – and he’s said he feels it will be a great experience for him, especially playing on Boxing Day which apparently he’s never done before in his career.

Obviously with the New Year, it usually brings new resolutions and aspirations but not for our manager. He doesn’t need a New Year’s Day tradition to appreciate our season so far, and have a need to change the goals we have already set because we are meeting them.

‘Every day we are fulfilling the goals that we set ourselves. We just keep thinking about the present and the next game. We don’t really think about the future long term, we think short term. Our focus is on Tottenham.’

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