Mauricio Pochettino: 'We must invest in squad this summer'

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on March 08, 2014
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Mauricio Pochettino believes that Southampton need significant investment to compete with the teams above them in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Southampton need significant investment to close the gap on the teams above them in the Premier League.

The Saints are currently eighth in the table, but Pochettino believes that to be able to compete with the clubs playing in Europe, they must adopt similar financial plans.

"This season we're improving standards again, finishing higher than we did last season," the Argentine told reporters. "It's moving upwards all the time.

"But to break that barrier of eighth position we'll need to look at what other clubs are doing, in the Europa League and Champions League.

"You need to look at other teams, to look at other teams above us, to look at average salaries and budgets."

Southampton take on Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

Luke Shaw of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
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