Mauricio Pochettino: 'Adam Lallana is like Barcelona stars'

Mauricio Pochettino describes his Southampton skipper Adam Lallana as "special" and compares him to the likes of Barcelona stars Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas.

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Southampton's Adam Lallana is unlike any player in England, but has compared him to Barcelona stars such as Andres Iniesta.

The 25-year-old has scored 10 goals this season to help the Saints to eighth in the Premier League and force his way into Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Lallana has impressed many with his performances, and Pochettino has gone as far as to mention him in the same breath as Champions League and World Cup-winning midfielders from the Camp Nou.

"Adam is special, he is a very unique player," the Saints boss told reporters. "There is not another player in the country like him.

"Lately he has had a number of opportunities to get into the England national side so that is a very good thing for him.

"I am always telling him that he has the characteristics of a Spanish player and he has the skills of an [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi or [Cesc] Fabregas."

Lallana made his Southampton debut in 2006 after graduating from the club's academy.

Southampton's English midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on December 22, 2013
Read Next:
Pochettino praises "special" Lallana
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
Championship
La Liga
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1916305294351
2Atletico MadridAtletico1912612882042
3Valencia19124340192140
4Real Madrid1895432171532
5Villarreal199462621531
6Sevilla199282328-529
7EibarEibar198382431-727
8Getafe207672318527
9Real Betis198383336-327
10Athletic Bilbao206862019126
11GironaGirona197572828026
12Celta Vigo197483327625
13Leganes187381517-224
14Espanyol196671521-624
15Real Sociedad196583334-123
16Levante193971526-1118
17AlavesAlaves1960131427-1318
18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo1944112137-1616
19Malaga1932141333-2011
20Las PalmasLas Palmas1932141446-3211
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account