Football - Rodriguez thrilled with Pochettino

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez has pinned the recent individual and collective upturn in fortunes on the belief instilled by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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The Argentinian took to the St Mary's helm in controversial circumstances in January but has quickly won around supporters with an exciting brand of pressing football.

That was evident in the high-profile scalps of Manchester City, Liverpool and most recently Chelsea, who yesterday left St Mary's on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.

Rodriguez opened the scoring against the reigning European champions, capping what was yet another fine performance from the former Burnley attacker.

The 23-year-old had initially struggled for form after his £6million summer arrival but has flourished since Pochettino's arrival on the south coast.

"The manager has put his faith in me," Rodriguez said.

"He gives you belief that you should be on the pitch because he's played me and given me a chance.

"All I can keep doing is to try and do my best for him, and for the team.

"I was chuffed with the goal but, like I always say, it's the three points that matter."

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