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Mauricio Pochettino to ensure Southampton run goes on

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will not get carried away by his team's excellent start to this year's Premier League campaign.

The Saints, who travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke on Saturday, currently find themselves fifth in the table and a challenge for a Champions League spot is still on the cards.

But Pochettino insists his team will focus on training hard and take one game at the time, according to Sky Sports.

He said: "It makes me happy for the fans and for the players as well.

"It's always nice to get some recognition from the media, it makes me happy for the chairman as well as it's all part of this club, but at the same time, my focus is on the staff and trying to improve on every single game and I'm 100 per cent focused on doing the best for this team and this club.

"We always aim to maintain the same focus in training and training with the same intensity, so we just want to keep on training hard.

"It's clear that when you win you get a good atmosphere within the team and the club which is a very good thing, but we need to stay grounded and keep on training hard and looking ahead to the next game."

Southampton face Stoke on the back of an excellent 2-0 home win against Fulham and have now not lost since Saturday 31st August, incidentally the same date Stoke last won, but Pochettino does not think that will matter much when the teams meet. 

"We expect a very tough and physical game. It's going to be very difficult and tough," he said.

"On average they have the tallest team in the league, so I think they still have some aspects from when Tony Pulis was manager, but there some new aspects that Mark Hughes has introduced to the team and I think that it's a team which over 90 minutes is able to do two different styles.

"They can go for the long ball but also the short one so, overall, we expect a very tough encounter."

Stoke meanwhile come into the game looking to bounce back from their unfortunate 3-2 defeat against Manchester United. The Potters overcame Birmingham in their Capital One Cup tie this week on penalties, but Mark Hughes will know that it will take a much better performance to topple Southampton. 

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