Cape Town - Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is not getting hung up on the return of former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham Hotspur take on the Saints at St Mary's on Saturday, when the Argentine manager will return to the south coast for the first time since leaving the club at the end of last season.
The game’s importance is bigger than any personal grudges, as Southampton are just a point below Spurs and Liverpool. The Reds currently occupy fifth place and a spot in the Europa League next season, but the Saints will be hoping to be there come the end of the season.
Although three points are vital to the ambitions of both teams, the France international insists that the game has no more relevance than their other remaining four fixtures.
"He's a great manager," Schneiderlin told BBC Radio Solent.
"We achieved great things last year but the page is turned.
"The view of the match is that it is not going to define our season, because if you lose the game but win the next four, it means nothing.
"It is going be a very important month and I think everyone is looking forward to this game for many reasons. We are ready to show we deserve sixth or fifth and we want to make a statement.
"We want to bounce back and I can assure everybody we will be ready for the game."