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    [STORY] Oh when the Saints...



    Will Saints be able to conquer Europe?

    Breaking news

    Manager Samsami Sungo has changed his mind! He has just signed a new one-year contract at St.Mary's to try and lead Saints to greater heights! The contract could possibly become extended to two years.

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    A new one-year contract

    After a highly remarkable season we finally had success in the Premier League, even though it took until the very last day of our fifth year before we secured the title. The Guardian successfully captured the tension of that memorable match day when Chelsea lost 3-4 to Man City and we defeated Spurs 2-0 at St.Mary's.

    If you missed it, here it is:
    Spoiler!

    It was the best year ever for Southampton!



    Mario Götze is our star player and the club's top scorer with 24 goals this past season. A remarkable achievement for a central midfielder! He was also named Man-of-the-Match ten times. Alexis Sánchez scored 22 goals as left winger. In comparison, Daniel Sturridge only scored 11 goals.


    Fraser Forster has been invaluable and he actually received the European Goalkeeper of the Year award!



    So why sign a new one-year contract? There were a number of reasons, fan pressure being one of them. But the main reason was a desire to help the club achieve success in Europe - provided the Board would address the lingering squad depth issue!

    And the Board have responded and said that they are indeed prepared to look seriously at the club's squad depth problem. They are also continuing with their plans to enlarge the stadium, which has puzzled many since attendance has never been all that high at St.Mary's. But perhaps that will change now?


    Spoiler!

    But more importantly, Saints are actually already considering negotiating to sign none other than Karim Benzema, the striker who has scored no less than 24 goals for Real Madrid this past season!

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    Good Luck! It's gonna be tough. Will you do it inside two years. I don't know. You've got close previously but will you be able to go the extra step.

    Interesting choice in Benzema.
    Gotta be getting on a bit now surely.

    Thought Selke would have been top of the shopping list!

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    Focus fully on CL this year?

    Benzema is a great shout

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    Good Luck! It's gonna be tough. Will you do it inside two years. I don't know. You've got close previously but will you be able to go the extra step.
    Interesting choice in Benzema.
    Gotta be getting on a bit now surely.
    Thought Selke would have been top of the shopping list!
    Selke will cost 20M or more, Benzema only 5.25M so that means there will be money for a couple more players.
    Besides, Liverpool will not want to sell Selke after a year, certainly not to us!

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    Focus fully on CL this year?
    Benzema is a great shout
    CL is first priority, but we need to win the Premier League again as well of course!

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    Sacrifice the League Cup would be my advice.

    Definately not the priority anymore.

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    Curious as to why you've started a new thread? It's the same save game/story?
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    I guess if it is a one (or two) year contract, you're not that bothered about Benzema's age, provided he still has the stamina for 90 minutes every week. Do any of your squad have any skeletons in their cupboards that Karim can blackmail (allegedly) to top up his salary ?

    Anyone (Sturridge ?) departing to make room for him ? Should we expect to see some more Dutch players arriving ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    I guess if it is a one (or two) year contract, you're not that bothered about Benzema's age, provided he still has the stamina for 90 minutes every week. Do any of your squad have any skeletons in their cupboards that Karim can blackmail (allegedly) to top up his salary ?
    Anyone (Sturridge?) departing to make room for him? Should we expect to see some more Dutch players arriving ?
    Yes that correct, Benzema is cheap because he is 32 but he scored 24 goals for Real Madrid so he will be useful for one or two years.

    And we can get more players. We have over 20M and Benzema only costs 5.25M.

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    Benzema signs with Southampton

    Saints have signed Karim Benzema! Will he be the goal machine which the club needs? While other world class strikers were not interested, Benzema was more than happy to join Saints!



    At least the fans are excited! And they certainly hope that Benzema is not the only new player to join the club this summer now that the European adventure is about to begin in earnest!


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    Let's hope he does better than his predecessors.

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    Should bring that all important CL experience!

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    Saints ready for Europe?

    The Board kept their word and Saints signed two new players in the summer months.

    Steven Bergwijn can play as right winger when Lallana needs rest, which happened a lot last season. Bergwijn is still very young, but he is also extremely talented!


    Spoiler!

    In addition to Bergwijn we signed Alphonse Aréola from Paris Saint-Germain! The 27-year-old French goalkeeper is potentially as good as Fraser Forster according to many pundits. Even so, PSG were willing to part with him for only 1.2M.


    Spoiler!

    With our three new signings (Benzema, Bergwijn and Aréola) we have the necessary squad depth; the players are all happy again and looking forward to the new season! The only exception is Aleksandar Mitrovic...

    Meanwhile, Lionel Messi also made the headlines again!


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    Bergwijn looks cracking, I had him on a save with Cordoba and he did well for me (not sure if it's the same DB though). I hope that Benzema lives up to his promise - with a one-up-front formation, a striker who really fires could make the difference for you

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    Some good signings there. More quality instead of quantity
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    Definately 3 players there who will be in your thoughts for the starting 11. If Benzema works, he will be a great signing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Some good signings there. More quality instead of quantity
    Yes, we need enough quality. Lallana was always too tired after each match. He has to run a lot as winger! And Benzema is hopefully a goal machine! Mitrovic and Sturridge were mediocre. As you can see above, Sánchez and Götze score by far the most goals. If our new striker does that as well we have a great team now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuy View Post
    Bergwijn looks cracking, I had him on a save with Cordoba and he did well for me (not sure if it's the same DB though). I hope that Benzema lives up to his promise - with a one-up-front formation, a striker who really fires could make the difference for you
    I fully agree. Bergwijn may even be better than Lallana! We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Definately 3 players there who will be in your thoughts for the starting 11. If Benzema works, he will be a great signing
    All three can play but Forster is too good to be put on the bench! So Aréola will only play in some matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    All three can play but Forster is too good to be put on the bench! So Aréola will only play in some matches.
    Does this mean the end for Stekelenburg? Or will you look to keep three quality keepers for your assault on Europe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuy View Post
    Does this mean the end for Stekelenburg? Or will you look to keep three quality keepers for your assault on Europe?
    Stekelenburg is getting on in age and he is player/coach right now.
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    Was Messi not interested?

    Imagine him playing on the South Coast!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    Was Messi not interested?
    Imagine him playing on the South Coast!!
    Nope. He was one of the ones that were not interested.


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    Benzema scores in friendly against Ajax

    Our first two friendlies showed that we are still a bit rusty, although it was good to have Benzema score the only goal in his very first match against Ajax Amsterdam.


    Spoiler!


    In our second friendly Benzema was more or less invisible, but we still won the match. Götze and Ward-Prowse found the net against Feyenoord Rotterdam.


    Spoiler!

    Hopefully these two games helped us get ready for the first challenge of the season, the FA Community Shield match with Leeds at Wembley. It's the ideal chance to immediately win another trophy again.

    But of course, what we really want is win the Champions League!

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    That boy Messi has an impressive record

    I guess that Ajax was a must win, but I'm surprised you didn't throw Feyenoord a late equalizer

    Southampton v Leeds in the Charity Shield it could only happen in champ.
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