Belfast Telegraph

Steven Davis confident Saints can beat old boss in vital clash

Steven Davis believes the fact so many Southampton players worked under Mauricio Pochettino could give them the edge in today's vital match against Tottenham.

The former Argentina defender last season led Saints to their best ever Premier League points tally during a memorable campaign at St Mary's.

Southampton fans' goodwill towards Pochettino was soon eroded, though, as his departure to White Hart Lane proved the catalyst to an unparalleled summer talent drain.

Despite that, just a point and a place separate Saints and Spurs as a remarkable season comes to a close, with a positive result for the hosts today enough to break the points record set last term.

Victory would see Ronald Koeman's men usurp Spurs in the standings and bolster their European chances, with Davis, one of many to have worked under Pochettino, well aware of what a "big game" this is for all connected to the club.

"The players never back away from (the fact this is a big game)," the Northern Ireland captain said.

"It's nice to be in a position where we're having big games at this stage of the season and there's an importance on it.

"We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can bounce back and get the three points.

"It is great to be in a position where we're still challenging for a European spot at this stage," he added.

"We've had a great season so far but we don't want it to peter out, really.

"Obviously we know how Mauricio works and how he sets up his teams.

"Hopefully that will be an advantage to us in terms of the players as we know a bit of background."

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