Pochettino positive Southampton can recover

The Saints boss has pointed to the impending return of a number of first-team players as reason to stay upbeat about his side's fortunes, despite their recent downturn in form

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident his club can re-establish some good form in the Premier League once their injury problems clear up.

The Argentine currently has an injury list containing Artur Boruc, Victor Wanyama, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Guly do Prado, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Fox all slowly returning from injury.

The extensive number of absentees has contributed to Southampton's fall from third in the table in mid-November to ninth at the end of December, with the Saints having only won one of their last eight matches.

However, Pochettino believes his side will turn things around and vowed to keep playing with the same attacking mentality.

"I think we've started the season well," he said. "We've been able to establish our style and philosophy.

"We have a young side for one competing in the Premier League, but overall our first half of the season has been a positive one.

"We're much stronger when all our players are fit. We've been hindered by injuries over the last two months. Our mentality never changes – we want to win our next game, whoever we're playing against.

The 41-year-old was positive about the visit of Chelsea on New Year's Day and hoped that a good result could set his side in good stead for the coming year.

"On Wednesday we will be facing one of the best teams in England and Europe in Chelsea, but we want to win," he continued.

"When all our players are fit, that'll make us a much stronger group – and then we'll know our potential for 2014."