Date: 4th April 2014 at 7:22pm
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Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he’s targeting Manchester City’s unbeaten run when we face them this weekend, and obviously wants to bring it to an end when we face them at the Etihad.

Speaking to saintsfc City boast a fine home record this season only having lost once, and that was back in the game against Chelsea, and of course they have had some impressive wins over that period as well with high score lines.

However Poch can take a lot of confidence from the fact that he remains unbeaten against them as well since he took charge of Southampton, having recorded his first win in our 3-1 victory last season, and earlier this campaign we took a point from the reverse fixture.

He now wants to bring their current unbeaten run to an end, and also pick up his first victory at their stadium to keep our run going.

‘I just think overall we played very well in those two matches. There are no secrets in football, everything is out there and in the public. I guess the only secret we have is the work that we do during the week at the training ground, and that’s also very important to us, but I just think we played well and we’re hoping that it’s going to be the same story again this weekend.’

Poch says that going into the game he doesn’t feel that there is any added pressure on us because of the opponents and various records though, as he references ‘our own’ brand of pressure and that’s the pressure we place on ourselves to perform to our best, and get the results we want, and that helps forge our focus because we constantly demand more from ourselves, so any outside pressures don’t really have any affect on that.

Our natural ambition to improve is enough on that score to keep everybody on their toes and ‘up’ for games ahead of them.

with that said, he admits that games like this where you can really test yourselves against some of the best do eek out a little more from the players usually because challenging some of the best is a motivation of its own.

‘It’s an important game for all the players and that’s already a motivation, but it’s completely different to the rest of the games we’ve been facing. In every single game we’re going to be employing different tactics, but it’s already a massive motivation to be playing against an amazing team. We’re going to be facing a Manchester City side that is definitely a candidate to win the Premier League.’

And that’s why if we can take all three points given what it would mean for our season and development it would taste even sweeter.

Whilst there will be a few late fitness tests having taken place today, or early tomorrow, Poch confirms that we will be without Nathaniel Clyne, Kelvin Davis and Maya Yoshida, but Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin may be available.

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