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Pochettino: my countrymen must be stopped

8:26am Friday 8th February 2013

Pochettino: my countrymen must be stopped

Mauricio Pochettino knows three of his countrymen stand between him and a first win as Saints boss tomorrow night.

David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero are all major players for Manchester City and the kind of attacking threats Saints will have to shackle to bag a valuable win.

“It's obvious they are great players,” Pochettino said. “We know that we have to stop the players getting balls to these three players.

“We know any of these three can decide the match at any time so we have to stop the ball getting to them.”

City talisman Yaya Toure is confident the champions can pull themselves back into the Premier League title race.

Toure and his brother Kolo, the defender, are now back at City after a month away playing in the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Roberto Mancini’s men have been unbeaten in their absence but draws in the last two fixtures against QPR and Liverpool have seen them slip nine points behind Manchester United.

After memorably recovering from an eight-point deficit to win the title last season with six matches remaining, Toure is sure there is enough time for City to turn it round again with 13 still to play.

The midfielder said: “We are further behind than we’d like, of course, but all we need to do is think about last season to know what is possible.

“My friends are all here and are happy to see me and we are like a family or brothers who will all fight together – and that is a very important thing to have.

“United have a strong squad and, on paper, they have an easier run in than we do but the title race is a long way from finished.

“It only takes a couple of results to go our way and we're right back in it - I’m sure we'll come back.”

United striker Wayne Rooney is also taking nothing for granted “Look at Manchester City against QPR. They ended up dropping two points.

“That could quite easily have happened to us against Southampton the following night.”

Comments(13)

Comments(13)

sainttony118 says...
8:45am Fri 8 Feb 13

Come on echo, where do you get your sports writers? David Silva is a long standing Spanish international

Alicesdad says...
8:48am Fri 8 Feb 13

I predict a riot

lemon cake says...
9:30am Fri 8 Feb 13

sainttony118 wrote:
Come on echo, where do you get your sports writers? David Silva is a long standing Spanish international
Did you miss when Argentina and General Galtieri invaded Spain back in '82?? It was around the same time as he invaded the Falklands. No one noticed due a media blackout as to not ruin the world cup that was being held in spain at the time.
Spain is now a state of the United States of Agentina.....
Good reporting Daily Echo with your attention to detail and ability to spread your superior knowledge of world affairs. If only we were as clever as you.

saintsdan says...
10:32am Fri 8 Feb 13

lemon cake wrote:
sainttony118 wrote:
Come on echo, where do you get your sports writers? David Silva is a long standing Spanish international
Did you miss when Argentina and General Galtieri invaded Spain back in '82?? It was around the same time as he invaded the Falklands. No one noticed due a media blackout as to not ruin the world cup that was being held in spain at the time.
Spain is now a state of the United States of Agentina.....
Good reporting Daily Echo with your attention to detail and ability to spread your superior knowledge of world affairs. If only we were as clever as you.
I did miss that but i wasnt born till 86 :-)

lemon cake says...
10:47am Fri 8 Feb 13

saintsdan wrote:
lemon cake wrote:
sainttony118 wrote:
Come on echo, where do you get your sports writers? David Silva is a long standing Spanish international
Did you miss when Argentina and General Galtieri invaded Spain back in '82?? It was around the same time as he invaded the Falklands. No one noticed due a media blackout as to not ruin the world cup that was being held in spain at the time.
Spain is now a state of the United States of Agentina.....
Good reporting Daily Echo with your attention to detail and ability to spread your superior knowledge of world affairs. If only we were as clever as you.
I did miss that but i wasnt born till 86 :-)
arrr 86 the year of mexico 86...the year Argentina invaded Mexico making it the 3rd State of the United States of Argentina. Hense the reason the Argies were able to win the world cup that yr....and that Man utds Chicharito is also classed as Mauricio Pochettino's fellow countryman.

Dubai-saints89 says...
11:42am Fri 8 Feb 13

pablo zabaleta is the other argy at city not silva

lemon cake says...
12:02pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Dubai-saints89 wrote:
pablo zabaleta is the other argy at city not silva
Not '94 when Zabaletas parents defected to Albania due to the embarresment of Maradonnas drug fuelled goal celebrations at USA 94 and his banning from playing for the argies national team. Which then led to the Argentinan revolution, and beheading of the national coach and chief of the Argentina FA.

HUGO A GO GO says...
12:27pm Fri 8 Feb 13

And there was me wondering what threat MoPo was considering from the right back Pablo Zabeleta !

Can't believe i forgot about the mercurial David Silva !!

Such an arrrse !

;0)

CB FRY LIVES says...
3:05pm Fri 8 Feb 13

argie or spaniard they will run away at the first hint of cold british steel.they don't like it up them.
COYR

RedArmy1 says...
3:15pm Fri 8 Feb 13

MP - We are on the same wavelength when you speak about a ROBUST DEFENCE.

When the Crowd scream " HIT HIM" - that is what is required. A fair decisive tackle that eliminates the threat.

MUST WIN IN THE AIR !!!

Was at the ENGLAND game and the crowd screamed for the tackle to go in and not back off. Didn't happen and Brazil scored.

Tomorrow we must up the tempo and Quality and STRIKE (x2)

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRMY - WE MUST TAKE OUR CHANCES AND NOT ALWAYS FROM LONG RANGE.

RED ARMY.
STRIKE-FIGHT-WIN.
COYR

Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport says...
6:40pm Fri 8 Feb 13

I agree the long range pot shots have to end. The fans are half to blame for that, the minute anyone gets over the halfway line the old geezer in front of me shouts SHOOOOOOOOT!!!!

OSPREYSAINT says...
11:09am Sat 9 Feb 13

I have a feeling our minor fixture is going to be overshadowed by the sell out, massive local derby game down the road in Dorset. I have no interest in the score though.

OSPREYSAINT says...
8:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have a feeling our minor fixture is going to be overshadowed by the sell out, massive local derby game down the road in Dorset. I have no interest in the score though.
Well both games warrant headlines tonight!

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