Keep Calm Koeman, Here’s Why Liverpool & Arsenal Ain’t Buying Your Threat!

Southampton boss, Ronald Koeman, has suggested that his side are good enough to win a fourth place finish this season at the expense of Liverpool and Arsenal according to reports.

The Saints have been undoubtedly impressive this season under the dutchman’s charge since the beginning of the summer after coming in for Mauricio Pochettino. The departure of the core of the team which were quite a force last season had seen pundits predicting a season of doom at the St. Mary’s. On the contrary, Koeman has gained himself many admirers by carrying out a shrewd recruitment and replacement plan which has even set the top clubs gearing up for another mass attack at the end of the season.

Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane have settled in so quickly that there are any fans who remember Lallana or Lambert. They were unfortunate to lose to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, and may have deserved a bit more at Whit Heart Lane, but they sit comfortbaly at 2nd place, behind Chelsea on points but level on goal difference.

Arsenal have even been on the receiving end of the Saints brilliance this season, having been ousted from the League Cup at home by Koeman’s side. It appears the manager has good reason to think he will complete the victory over us by May, which will dump us out of the Champions League places for the first time in 18 years.

As good as his team has been, any talk of 4th place at the moment is as premature as saying that Chelsea will win the League, never mind being Invincible all season long.

It must be worth remembering that the Saints also made a similar start to the League last season, spending a considerable stretch of the early weeks within the top four positions. Between September and November, they stayed unbeaten, conceeding just 5 goals in the process. 6 wins from 11 games meant they were comfortable in third position. By Christmas, they had slumped to 9th place following four losses in 6 games, which included trips to the Emirates and Stamford Bridge. They are in an even better position on the log this season but also have tough fixture lined up ahead.

Koeman believed the Champions League would pose a distraction for us and Liverpool, but how that hasn’t happened for 16 seasons may be an interest of his to find out. There are no indices that state that we have struggled due to involvements in Europe, and our recent back-to-back victory gives allusion to the contrary.

Our season has been quite bumpy untill now but there are signs of improvement as we expect the return of some key players, especially Theo Walcott. He may not be ready to recieve challenges for the Burnley game but the Saints will surely get a taste of him when they come visiting in November.

Even Rodgers Liverpool will soon come good, good enough to finish above the Saints. The Reds couldn’t get a win over Southampton last season but were only a Gerrard slip away from winning the League. That is not to mask their difficulties this season, with Balotelli misfiring. They have struggled in front of goal without Suarez but the new signings wouldn’t take too to get together under Rodger’s philosophy.

If competitions are to prove a weakness for us, the League Cup would also present challenges to them, as it did to Swansea. Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama may have to be excused between January and February for the African Cup of Nations, while Arsenal could ripple their water with a sensational bid for hitman Morgan Schneiderlin.

At best, it could be another 8th place finish for them, perhaps an Europa League place.

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    Anonymous

    talking out of your ass mate .lol xxx

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      Emmanuel

      you do agree with me mate. don’t you?

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    Anonymous

    With a name like Emmanuel I cannot take you seriously. Idiot.

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      Emmanuel

      i’ll take it that you think am right!

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    Willy Youngs Red Card

    If things don’t pan out and Southampton are still up there come mid January we can just club together with the other Big 4’s and buy their team. Cheeky beggars top 4 is our god given right.

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    Liam

    As a saints fan, I agree with most of that! Just keep your mitts off Morgan ????
    I think Saints can finish above Everton and possibly Spurs who knows.
    Id be happy with very happy with 7th or 8th given the summer we just had. I would love to win some silverware as well.

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      Emmanuel

      I am glad you are one of the sincere fans…well said mate.

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    Anonymous

    Scousers 0-1 Saints
    Saints 0-3 Scousers last season.
    That is all.

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    Mark

    As a Saints fan I don’t expect to finish top four but Europa league is well within our ambitions! It just disappoints me that the fans of so called big 4 believe it’s their God given right to be there every year, look at what Athletico did last year and how football in Spain has enjoyed a break in the mould! I think that if the Fa was to bring in some rules regarding poaching talent from the same league the league would be a lot harder for the money bags and would improve the national teams to boot!

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    darren

    As a saints fan I’m sorry to have to agree with you but your almost right Gooner. Saints have not yet played anyone except the chickens and liverpool who will finish in the top half. when we play the manchesters’ chelsea, the arse etc the points will start slipping away. Exactly the same as last season as you rightly noticed.

    your slightly wrong as last year was a one off as liverpool played above themselves to come second and they won’t be in the top 4 again. Infant I have rogers as one of the first manager sackings as he has not proved himself other than have sancheez in his team and he has spent really badly over the summer and wasted a lot of money on unproven slightly better than average players.

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    Figure11

    Saints didn’t slip last year only because of harder schedule in Nov and Dec, but it was due to a long list of injuries and more importantly lack of a plan B from MoPo.
    Koeman is a far more shrewd manager than MoPo, Last season SFC had a hard time against the Sunderlands and Stkes of the league. Not so this season.
    If and that’s a big if, if they can avoid key injuries, plus if they can spend in January (and don’t forget there is still another 30 mill promised by the board if needed) there is no reason why a top 6 cannot happen.
    SFC have a game plan, it may take some time but the club management are ambitious, organized and focused to bringing Southampton to the highest level. It may not happen this season, but make no mistake something special is happening on the south coast.

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      SaintMaw

      Well the saints will be fine this winter if we don’t get as many injuries as last year….with Jay Rod and Prowsey coming back end of July, I think we have enough depth in the squad to make it past December and January…..plus we still have money in the Bank from This past summer so I think we will be fine!

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    Bob

    “any talk of 4th place at the moment is as premature as saying that Chelsea will win the League” – But Chelsea definitely will win the league….so…..

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    peter mungai

    sorry about your bad mouthing .give us facts then victor wanyama is not going to cup of nations coz kenya dint qualify
    .again dont write with saliva when the wink is available(dont put soton off)

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      Emmanuel

      Why would you not see reasons with your fellow soton fans who have agreed with this analysis.

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        Wayne Bea

        We are used to playing things down. just because people like to stay grounded means nothing.

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          Emmanuel

          I get your point mate. But do you agree with some of the points i stated?

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    Wayne Bea

    Some flawed logic
    why is it that people assume that all our new players have fitted in seamlessly etc.. what if as I suspect that they are still adjusting and learning like every other new player. These are young guys who can only improve anyway. As for comparing last season to this one..We all new it hinged on Christmas and injuries to a paper thin squad. this season is a casm of difference, we have strong back up in every position. Pelle gets injured we have Mane****, Rodrigues*** and Long*. In mid we have Wardprowse to come back and be creative, we have an absolute plethora of youngsters who in my opinion could walk into most teams and they absolutely stole the show in preseason! At the back we have Youth Matt Targett who saints fans reckon is better than shaw was, Gardos, Yoshida. Most of our top players are adept in at least two positions, yes we could lose some momentum by losing a few players but it won’t be a crisis like last season, we also have a manager who has fantastic strategic skills. IE We’ll do a Chelsea when we need to. Stopping you, Liverpool, and the rest from getting three points might be the order of the day and enough to blunt any comeback. We are 9/10 for victories. I think we can do it this year. There are signs of something very special .. Joint top goal difference by miles, lowest conceded, 41 pass move, goal of the season contender, one of the top strikers, the joint top mid assist merchant. Most clean sheets.. Fear us Arsenal fans we are gunning for you, and I tell you what Sadio mane has lot more improvement in his slow start since joining us, he’s had the ex coach of France claiming he’s future Balon d’or winner along with others. If you have five minutes Youtube him

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