Pellegrino the happier Mauricio after Southampton’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino was the happier of the Premier League’s two Argentine managers although Sunday’s 1-1 draw in opposition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur left his group in the relegation locations.
Southampton had dropped to 18th place for the first time this season when Stoke City moved above them on Saturday.
Although one level from Sunday’s recreation was not sufficient to maneuver them any greater, Pellegrino believes it was one other improved efficiency of the kind they’ve proven since dropping 5-2 to Spurs a month in the past.
“I think we are on the right path,” he mentioned. “In the final 4 video games the response has been good. They (Tottenham) are a tremendous group with high players.
“We can’t rework the efficiency into objectives and extra factors however we have to present once more in the subsequent recreation.
“Every single recreation for us now could be huge.
“Confidence is typically not the greatest if you end up in a foul second and don’t wish to take dangers. But little by little we enhance.”
Pellegrino is properly conscious that golf equipment like Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City and West Ham United have all improved by altering managers after falling into the backside three this season.
A combating draw gave him trigger for optimism, nevertheless, regardless of coming underneath strain a number of months into the job with just one league win since October.
It is his first season at the membership the place Pochettino made his name and earned a transfer to Tottenham 4 years in the past.
Since then Spurs have completed fifth, third and second, however they are going to be 5 factors behind the 4 Champions League locations if fourth-placed Liverpool win at backside membership Swansea City on Monday.
“To win the game we should do better and play better,” Pochettino mentioned of Sunday’s efficiency. “It wasn’t nice.
“The recreation was even, we had extra possession however we wanted to be extra aggressive and create extra probabilities.
“You should give credit score to the opponent, however I’m not blissful with our efficiency.
“We wanted to maneuver the ball faster and create extra, we made quite a lot of errors. It is inconceivable to win the recreation while you make these errors.
“It is 2 factors we’re going to miss at the finish of the season as a result of it’s so powerful between six or seven teams.
He did have encouraging phrases for his outdated membership.
“It is short-term that Southampton are in the relegation zone, for certain they may push up the desk,” Pochettino mentioned.