Date: 23rd April 2015 at 10:05pm
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Manager Ronald Koeman has called on the team to stick to their principles when we host Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Speaking to saintsfc ahead of the game, Koeman said we had to continue with the momentum that we had built up on home soil as we chase European football for the coming season and the gaffer knows this game could be key in the run in to doing just that.

‘Normally you think to win the game when you play at home, but this Saturday will be difficult. Tottenham is a strong opponent. They are one of the big teams in the Premier League but we know we have to play our level to show the qualities and to keep the same focus and organisation in defence. That for sure can make a winning game. We don`t change a lot. It`s always about a little bit in one or two players maximum about the way how you like to play, maybe in a tactical way about our opponent. But I won`t make a lot of changes compared to last Saturday.’

Defender Toby Alderweireld could return following the shoulder injury he went off with last weekend as he has now returned to group training and if there isn’t a reaction ahead of the match, then he will return to contention.

‘It`s positive. He trained for the first time today (Thursday) with the rest of the group. If there is not any strange reaction about training then he will be fit for Saturday. Filip Djuričić is a little longer than we expected ten days ago. He`s still out and the rest of the players are fit to play for this Saturday.’

In a second interview the gaffer also said that he more than backed the players to cope with the pressure of the ‘massive game’ this weekend would be.

‘It`s a massive, massive game. We know our position in the table, they have one more point than we have. Okay we focus on ourselves about the football way. For sure the fans also think about Mauricio coming back, but we focus about football. We like and we have to win the game because we like to play in Europe next season. Mauricio coming back doesn`t have an effect because we know Tottenham very well, they know us very well. It`s no influence in anything for our preparation.’

With a sense of added pressure, Koeman said it’s a natural pressure that comes with every game in the Premier League so he had no worries on that score when it came to the players coping.

‘We know the pressure because when you play in the Premier League you always have that kind of pressure. It`s a massive game to play. We have to be ourselves and play what we can do and how we play. We know the opponent and the individual qualities of them, it will be a great game.’

With the game potentially being a European decider based on how the remaining matches of the season go, Koeman was quick to say that potentially was one thing but he didn’t believe the winner of this match was automatically guaranteed to finish above the other come the end of May.

‘It`s only one game and after there is still four games to play and we know anything can happen. It`s not only about this Saturday it`s about every weekend. The players know the position. The players know it`s a massive game. What it means for the supporters this Saturday. They are really focused in a good way for the game.’

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