Schneiderlin says Pochettino return won’t affect the players

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin believes the players will remain focused in their task to finish in a Europa League spot in the Premier League table when they lock horns with former manager Mauricio Pochettino this weekend, reports BBC Sport.

Pochettino left Southampton to join Tottenham Hotspur last summer, and Morgan Schneiderlin came close to making the move to White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window too. The Argentine manager enjoyed a surprising and successful campaign in his full debut season at St Mary’s, earning an 8th-placed finish.

The club lost a lot of their top performers as a result of their impressive year, but ex-Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman came in when Pochettino joined Spurs at the end of last season, and has surprisingly improved upon 2013/14.

Southampton are currently one place better off than this time last campaign, and have matched the points tally, with five games still to go. Victory against Tottenham this weekend would see the Saints in pole position to finish in the top-six of the Premier League, and a place in the Europa League for 2015/16, and Schneiderlin doesn’t feel facing former boss Pochettino won’t harm their performance.

“He’s a great manager, we achieved great things last year but the page is turned. The view of the (Tottenham) match is that it is not going to define our season, because if you lose the game but win the next four, it means nothing. It is going be a very important month and I think everyone is looking forward to this game for many reasons. We are ready to show we deserve sixth or fifth and we want to make a statement,” he said.

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