Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he still has ‘affection’ for his former side Southampton.

Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s clash against the Saints on Wednesday night, as reported by Reuters, the Argentine coach was quizzed on his former club’s struggles of late.

Pochettino joined Southampton midway through the 2012/13 season and departed at the end of the following campaign as Tottenham came calling.

He has since enjoyed success with Spurs and has led them to consistent Champions League finishes during his tenure in North London so far.

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Southampton travel to Wembley Stadium to face off with Tottenham on Wednesday night as they bid to get their season back on track.

The Saints are currently managerless but Ralph Hasenhuttl appears to be on the verge of being appointed as the club’s new first-team boss. This news is sure to lift the St Mary’s faithful, who have seen their side win only once this season.

Pochettino discussed Southampton’s current predicament and said:

Always my affection is going to be there with my first club in England. It had a massive impact in my life and I’m grateful to Southampton. I think they have the tools to lift from that situation and I always wish the best for them but tomorrow we compete and we need to win the three points.

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