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Redknapp69
16-04-16, 11:16 AM
2 good recruits there.

Defence now solid as a rock and the depth

samsami
16-04-16, 11:32 AM
good read this, unlucky on the title... i recommend sergio diaz, young Paraguayan striker, should be cheap too


Good stuff in strengthening the defence :ok:

Hope you get a new striker in. Definitely worth considering a young striker with huge potential.

Thanks cdonk!

I would go for Diaz (or for Selke) but this is my fifth and final year so I think in the circs I want a mature striker who is guaranteed to deliver. At the start of the story it would have been a different thing altogether. We got Mitrovic then and he is good but not world-class.

cdonk
16-04-16, 01:01 PM
Sergio Diaz is just that man mark!

cdonk
16-04-16, 01:19 PM
You've inspired me to do a Southampton save!

samsami
17-04-16, 07:28 AM
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Saints hungry for silverware

Just before our players returned from their holidays and resumed training Steven Davis announced his retirement from professional football. He will stay with the club though, as he still has a one-year contract as coach.

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And on Wednesday 24th July we played our first friendly of the season, against Excelsior Rotterdam.

We will play three friendlies this month. Next will be Feyenoord Rotterdam and then Ajax Amsterdam.

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It hardly came as a surprise that Götze was the first one to find the net with a simple finish after Muyters had saved a header by Bender but could not hold onto the ball. Alexis Sánchez scored our other two goals; the first one with a powerful header after an assist by Clasie and the second one with a low drive, with the assist coming from Goretzka.

We brought on seven subs in the second half, but there were no more goals apart from the consolation goal scored by Badjeck.

Obviously Abdennour and Bender will need some time to get used to their new team mates, but they played well enough already. Of course we should have scored more goals against a mediocre team like Excelsior, but overall our lads seem to be more than ready for the new season.

Kongolo, Götze and Sánchez were our best players today.

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Sturridge signs for Saints!!

On 29th July it was officially announced that Southampton FC had signed Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge!

There had been persistent rumours and mounting excitement amongst the fans, although some would have preferred a younger striker like Leipzig's Davie Selke, but nobody doubted the significance of this news.

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It is very obvious that our fans are getting excited about the new season and that they are expecting great things from us. They want success now and who can blame them?

And with Abnennour, Bender and Sturridge we have the players who can help make this dream come true. After four years without any silverware this has simply got to be the season for Saints to win their first trophy ever and then some!

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Meanwhile, it has also become clear why Liverpool was prepared to sell Sturridge. They are getting ready to sign the very striker that we had on our short-list for so many months!

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Redknapp69
17-04-16, 08:18 AM
YES - Studge!

Great squad now and should really have a good chance this year :)

samsami
17-04-16, 01:03 PM
YES - Studge!

Great squad now and should really have a good chance this year :)

I think so, too. We were runners up in the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup so this time we should win them all :)

ebfatz
17-04-16, 02:06 PM
Interesting signing.

What's his goals history like?

samsami
17-04-16, 02:10 PM
Interesting signing. What's his goals history like?

About 1:2

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ebfatz
17-04-16, 02:20 PM
Better than I expected to be fair. Could be that 20 a season man you need if you can keep him fit.

Redknapp69
17-04-16, 05:10 PM
He's 1 in 2 IRL for Pool (when he play :lol:)

Any thoughts on formation Samsami - will Studge be first choice and Alexis drop back or play 2 up top?

samsami
17-04-16, 05:33 PM
He's 1 in 2 IRL for Pool (when he play :lol:)

Any thoughts on formation Samsami - will Studge be first choice and Alexis drop back or play 2 up top?

We can't have Sánchez drop back. We have Götze as attacking midfielder/number 10/playmaker and as you know Götze excels there and scores lots of goals.

So it would have to be a formation with two up front and Götze right behind them. And when we play defensively (important away matches and difficult European matches) we can use the 4-4-1-1 formation we have used last season, with either one of them playing as lone striker.

It's nice to have options!

samsami
18-04-16, 07:04 AM
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Injury worries for Saints already?

Alexis Sánchez was away on international duty when we played Feyenoord Rotterdam in our second pre-season friendly, so Sturridge replaced Sánchez against Feyenoord.

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And Sturridge made his mark on his debut! Clasie floated the ball into the area from the left and Sturridge rose above Van der Heijden to win the ball. He headed it towards the goal and found the net!!

Two minutes later Rodríguez doubled the score with the assist again coming from Clasie.

Clasie was superb against his former club; Abnennour and Bender seem to be fitting in well and Sturridge delivered on his debut. What more could we possibly ask for, apart from perhaps one or two more goals?

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Unfortunately, Alexis Sánchez suffered a gashed leg in Chile's Confederations Cup win over Cameroon so he will be out of action for about ten days.

And on the 3rd of August we played the Dutch champions, Ajax Amsterdam, in our final pre-season friendly.

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We played well enough but Van de Beek scored the opener for Ajax and then Sturridge had to go off injured after picking up a knock. So all of a sudden we needed Mitrovic again! Who would have thought?

And Mitrovic grabbed his chance as he scored both goals in the second half!

This was the final test match so we did not bring on any substitutes apart from Mitrovic, who was very good today. On the other hand, we should have scored more goals again.

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With Sánchez injured and Sturridge out of action for about two weeks with a thigh strain the question is, are we ready for Chelsea when we shall have to play them on 11th August in the FA Community Shield?

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Redknapp69
18-04-16, 07:58 AM
Great that Studge is off the mark

At least they are not major injuries

Last couple of seasons you have had blistering quick starts - hope you get same again this season :ok:

Mark
18-04-16, 11:33 AM
Injuries during pre-season are always frustrating!

Great signing in Sturridge, guessing he's about 27 now so a good age to sign someone too.

samsami
19-04-16, 08:00 AM
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Saints lose Community Shield vs. Chelsea

We had expected so much of the opening match of the new season, but perhaps we we aren't quite ready for the season yet. At least the event turned out to be a huge disappointment.

Now some may argue that the Community shield is no more than a glorified friendly, but not so our fans. For them, and for most of our players, at the end of the day it's a trophy. That's why the disappointment was so great.

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Of course it did not help that Alexis Sánchez and Daniel Sturridge were both injured. And in addition we had the worst possible start to the match when Fŕbregas drove the ball in low and the shot deflected off Götze who put the ball past his own goalkeeper!

But we should have recovered and we should have gotten back into the match. Only that did not happen either. In fact, we were very lucky just four minutes after that fateful goal when Matic used his skill to go past Bender and tried his luck left-footed, that the ball hit the woodwork and bounced clear!

And Chelsea remained very much in control of the game. Hazard hit a volley from way out and again we were lucky that the ball went just over the bar. Matic also rifled a dipping shot at goal, but the ball hit the woodwork and bounced clear. And so we somehow withheld the pressure, but it did not look good at all!

The second half wasn't any different. We had two minor chances when Mitrovic and Lallana both attempted shots on goal, but they were frustrated by Begovic and Chelsea actually had the most and the best scoring opportunities in the second half as well. And eventually they did score that second goal. Matic blasted the ball towards the top corner, Forster still managed to turn the ball away but Solanke went for the follow-up and was left with a simple finish.

A very disappointing start of the season. And you just cannot blame it all on injuries either.

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So here we could add yet another non-trophy to our ever-growing list of honours...

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And while we tried to come to grips with our disappointing performance at the Wembley Stadium in the FA Community Shield, Davie Selke signed for Liverpool!

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Mark
19-04-16, 09:09 AM
Runners up again!

Chelsea have the hoodoo over you! Reminds me of managing in Germany and never being able to beat Bayern.

samsami
19-04-16, 09:15 AM
Runners up again!
Chelsea have the hoodoo over you! Reminds me of managing in Germany and never being able to beat Bayern.

Yep. Five times runners up in Cup finals (as listed above) and in addition the last two years in the League in dramatic fashion. And Chelsea played a great part in that.

ebfatz
19-04-16, 03:14 PM
Minor trophy.

Wouldn't be too bothered about missing out on the Charity Shield.

Bigger fish to fry this season!

Fourfourtwo
19-04-16, 04:26 PM
Bigger fish to fry this season!

...and better to have your bad luck at the start of the season...

samsami
19-04-16, 04:29 PM
...and better to have your bad luck at the start of the season...

You've got a point there :)

kuy
19-04-16, 06:02 PM
Looking forward to this season! My prediction: you'll win the league, but no other trophies...

Redknapp69
20-04-16, 02:05 AM
First blood to Chelsea

samsami
20-04-16, 06:57 AM
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More injury worries as Saints defeat Hammers

On Saturday 17th August the new Premier League started well for us when we played West Ham United in front of a crowd of 41,094.

That is to say, result-wise it started well, but after just fifteen minutes Rodríguez already picked up a knock and had to go off. And ten minutes later Kongolo's involvement in the game also ended, as he had to go off injured as well.

Fortunately Clasie stepped up then. He took the ball past McNair and dribbled past Piszczek and Modric before skipping past the challenge of Cresswell and scoring a sensational goal!!

The second half could have become difficult for us had Strootman not picked up an injury so that West Ham was forced to finish the game with ten men as they had already made three substitutions!

Lallana came close to doubling the score with a fierce shot, but the ball hit the woodwork and went over. And so we won our opening game of the new Premier League season, although it could still have gone wrong in extra time when Piszczek powered a header at goal, but he sent the ball inches wide of the goal.

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Clasie was named Man-of-the-Match and Van Beek played a fantastic game as well, but our attackers (without the injured Daniel Sturridge) were not yet productive.

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Kongolo will be out of action for about three weeks with a damaged foot; Rodríguez will be out for about a week with a bruised rib. However, that is not a real problem as there will be a three-week international break now, at least for us. This seems a bit odd as most of the other clubs have to play one or even two matches.

But we can use these three weeks to try out a new formation in our training sessions. We need to use a formation where not just Sánchez and Sturridge but also Götze can shine and score lots of goals.

Meanwhile, we have been drawn in Group B of the Champions League along with Anderlecht, Benfica and Werder Bremen.

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Mark
20-04-16, 09:35 AM
Starting with a win, that's mostly important. You do get some horrific bad luck with injuries!

samsami
20-04-16, 09:38 AM
Starting with a win, that's mostly important. You do get some horrific bad luck with injuries!

Yes, but like Fourfourtwo said:


...and better to have your bad luck at the start of the season...

ebfatz
20-04-16, 12:40 PM
Your bad luck with injuries has lasted for about 12 months though!

Fourfourtwo
20-04-16, 02:42 PM
Your bad luck with injuries has lasted for about 12 months though!

Bound to turn good soon then? Fingers crossed...

Redknapp69
20-04-16, 11:39 PM
Good winning start!

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Easy 1st CL group as well where you can play 2nd team

samsami
21-04-16, 07:19 AM
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Saints successful against Crystal Palace

While we enjoyed a three-week international break Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace (4-1) but they also lost a thriller with Spurs at White Hart Lane (4-3) with the deciding goal being scored from the spot by Erik Lamela!

Meanwhile, we were busy trying out a new attacking formation in training that shows quite a bit of potential. We played with a lone striker (Sturridge) and with two wingers (Sánchez and Lallana) whose task it will be to support attacking play and feed the ball to Sturridge.

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When necessary we can always switch back to a more regular 4-1-4-1 formation during a game or when we have to play challenging European away matches.

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So we used our new attacking formation against Crystal Palace in front of a crowd of 41,066 and it worked well enough, too!

We had a great start to the match when Clasie chipped the ball into the penalty area ahead of Götze who spotted it and picked up the ball; Götze then moved in on goal, tried a low left-footed drive and found the net!

However, the Eagles were not willing to resign to their fate yet; Zaha flighted in a free-kick, but fortunately for us the ball hit the upright and went out of play. A few minutes later Lansbury span past Clasie and hit a savage right-footed shot, but it was saved in style by Forster!

We had scoring chances as well, of course. Götze drove the ball at goal and it went in off the post, but it was ruled out because he had strayed fractionally offside. But soon afterwards Gözte squared the ball from the left and Lallana was left with a simple finish and he managed to double the score!

And the match was decided when early on in the second half when Bender started a long forward run and curled the ball into the near post where Goretzka was standing, ready to head the ball at goal. And that's exactly what he did; he nodded the ball into the net!

Zaha managed to score a consolation goal for the Eagles when he struck the ball with fury and found the net, but after we had made a double substitution to bring on some fresh legs we simply finished the match without any further problems.

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Our attacking style of play worked well enough in this game with Götze shining alongside Goretzka! But will it work as well when we are under pressure against some of the Premier League's stronger teams, or in European games? Only time will tell.

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At least we have won our first two games now; both of them at home and both of them against supposedly weaker teams, but we have the six points at that is all that matters!

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Mark
21-04-16, 03:31 PM
I quite like the new tactic, seems to be most suitable for all the attack-minded players/forwards. Got the result against Palace and hopefully you'll see how good it is if you use it in the next 5 games.

ebfatz
21-04-16, 03:55 PM
It's those kind of formations where the DMC becomes key. If he plays badly, everyone seems to.
I like Sanchez on the wing as well. I'd be tempted to give him a little arrow inside towards Sturridge on the new formation.

But I'm not the boss!!

Fourfourtwo
21-04-16, 08:21 PM
Think the tactic will improve things - gets all your best players on the pitch at the same time...

samsami
22-04-16, 07:38 AM
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Götze shines as Saints defeat Werder Bremen

On Tuesday 10th September we played our first Champions League Group match with Werder Bremen in the Weserstadion and once more Mario Götze was invaluable for the club!

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Werder Bremen have a strong team and with their home advantage and our new attacking formation there were scoring chances for both teams in the opening stages of the match.

Zulj was the first one to try a header, but Forster fisted the ball away. On the other side Sturridge drove the ball towards the goal, but Haas managed to parry it.

But then, just like against Crystal Palace, it was Mario Götze who scored the opener for us! He received the ball from Abdennour and found the net with a superb long range volley!

Three minutes later Sturridge went down from a shove by Zulj, but the referee turned down our penalty appeal. And so it was Werder Bremen's turn again. Boyd drove the ball in low, but Forster managed to turn it away. Rony Lopes also hit a fierce shot, but it was well saved and held by Forster.

In the second half we switched to our more defensive formation. We did not want to take any further risks so we also brought on Bertrand and Rodríguez for Abdennour and Sánchez since both of them had already received a yellow card.

Werder Bremer struggled to create chances now and we countered well and we actually scored twice! First Sturridge doubled our lead with a fine header after a beautiful long pass by Clasie. And after the referee had turned down the Germans' penalty appeal when Bender had taken away the legs of Kroos, it was Götze who found the net again, this time with a fierce shot after Lallana had crossed the ball low from the right.

What a spectacular result! Who would have thought that we would stun Werder Bremen in their own stadium?

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An unexpected and superb result, and Götze seems to thrive since we changed our formation, but... how long can we hold on to him?

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Spectacular as our victory was, everybody talked about the other match in our group where Anderlecht lost 0-7 at home to Benfica who are going to be a handful yet!


Saints concede late equaliser at Goodison Park

On Saturday 14th September we had to play Everton at Goodison Park and because Van Beek was out for a few days with a sprained wrist, Soares replaced him. That is to say, Bender played as central defender and Soares as full-back.

Now Everton have quite a good team and they almost scored when Deulofeu had a go at goal, but the ball grazed the crossbar and went wide.

And of course it had to be Götze - for the third time in a row - who scored the opener! Abdennour flicked the ball on and Götze blasted it towards the top corner and found the back of the net! And we could have scored a second goal soon after that when Sturridge hit a speculative effort, but the ball clipped the bar and went over.

We were clearly the stronger team, but Everton also had a few scoring chances. Early on in the second half Deulofeu had a decent chance. He drove the ball in low, but Forster saved well and held the ball.

We brought on Ward-Prowse for Goretzka and started to play more defensively, but even so we almost doubled the score, only Lallana hit the bar.

Everton knew they still had a chance and they did what they could! Forster had to make a fingertip save to divert the ball wide when Lukaka shot at the top corner. Deulofeu swung the corner into the box, but Forster punched the ball clear.

With Wanyama for Clasie we tried to survive the remaining minutes. Lukaku drove the ball low towards the goal but Forster managed to smother the ball but then, two minutes into extra time and just when we thought the three points were in the bag, Cook came forward and he sent the ball into the area for Douglas who headed it and scored a dramatic late equaliser!

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We played well enough and we should have won the match, but we had little luck and unfortunately Sturridge was more or less invisible today. And of course Everton do have a great squad with players like Ospina, Lukaku and Barkley.

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Chelsea did not have any games scheduled for this weekend, but Man City defeated West Ham (1-3) at Boleyn Ground.

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So it will be Anderlecht next and then it's Man Utd at St.Mary's. Now after their 0-7 loss to Benfica Anderlecht will want to prove that they can do better than that!

Mark
22-04-16, 10:08 AM
Tactical change seems to be working OK, despite the draw to Everton. Is Gotze being chased by teams or something? I noted you wondering how long you can hold on to him.

samsami
22-04-16, 12:15 PM
Tactical change seems to be working OK, despite the draw to Everton. Is Gotze being chased by teams or something? I noted you wondering how long you can hold on to him.

Not as such. But in the previous season Real Madrid made a bid for him. And he is getting better by the week. Especially with the new tactic: We played 3 games using that tactic; his rating: 10, 10, 9 with 4 goals scored!

samsami
23-04-16, 07:46 AM
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Saints beat Anderlecht at St.Mary's

On Wednesday 18th September we played Anderlecht in front of a crowd of 40,901 at St.Mary's and although we did not crush them in the same way that Benfica had done, we still had little difficulty defeating them.

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This time it took Mario Götze less than two minutes to score the opener! Götze's market value has increased since the start of this new season from Ł18.75M to Ł22M and obviously our fans are wondering how much longer he will stay at the club.

Sturridge also found the net just minutes later, but because Lallana was offside it was ruled out. And Götze actually came close to scoring a second goal, but the ball hit the woodwork and went over. That second goal was eventually scored by Goretzka though. Abdennour, who was also the one who had provided the assist for Götze, sent the ball over from the left and Goretzka out-jumped the goalkeeper and scored with a fine header!

We outplayed Anderlecht in the second half as well, but somehow there were no more goals. Perhaps our lads had their minds on Man Utd already?

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Götze was named Man-of-the-Match but actually our whole team played quite well again today. Abdennour provided both assists!

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Now even Gianluigi Buffon apparently has something to say about Mario Götze. Of course his side has to play us next in our Champions League Group, so he may very well have his own agenda for saying what he said.

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Ten-men Saints defeat Man Utd 1-0

On Saturday 21st September we played Manu Utd in front of a crowd of just 35,654 spectators. We have many faithful and fanatical fans, but it can be demotivating to have almost 20,000(!) empty seats when we play a home match against a club like Man Utd.

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Man Utd started the match with a defensive outlook but they still had the first scoring opportunity when Martial headed at goal. Fortunately for us it cannoned back off the crossbar! On the other side De Gea had to make an important save and divert the ball wide after Lallana hit the ball on the half-volley.

The second half promised to be more exciting. We had brought on Bertrand for Abdennour, who had been shown a yellow card in the first half, and Man Utd had just brought on Depay for Rooney when Martial was fouled by Alexis Sánchez holding him back! And to our horror the referee made the very harsh decision to pull out a red card for Sánchez!

So here we were. We had to finish the game with ten men now! At first we tried to play without a left winger, but that did not work too well. It immediately resulted in good scoring chances for Depay and for Luke Shaw and if it had not been for Forster Man Utd would have decided the game already. So we chose to bring on Rodríguez as left winger and bring off Sturridge and play without a striker now.

And so Rodríguez came on as substitute for Sturridge, the freekick was immediately taken by Goretzka who played the ball straight to Rodríguez and with his very first ball contact Rodríguez passed the ball into the area looking for the run of Lallana who got up to head at goal and scored!!

St.Mary's erupted in jubilation, forgetting for the moment that there were still twenty minutes remaining.

And there were some tense moments after that goal! James jinked past Van Beek and blasted the ball towards the goal, but Forster saved and deflected the ball clear. The rebound fell to Blind, but again Forster went down well to save.

We eventually brought on Tadic for Lallana as Man Utd pressed and created even more scoring chances. Depay shot hard and low, but the shot deflected off Clasie. James struck a free-kick from a dangerous-looking position, but the wall deflected the shot. And so, by the skin of our teeth we survived the twenty minutes Man Utd onslought and won the match!!

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Man Utd obviously created more scoring chances than we did, but we played well as a team; our defence was solid and Lallana delivered when it was most needed!

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Lallana's crucial goal helps us to stay in the race. And even though it is still early days, staying in the title race is important for the club!

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Fourfourtwo
23-04-16, 08:38 AM
Nice tactical switch to get the win over Man U. Too early for the table to mean much - you'll be top before long...

Redknapp69
23-04-16, 03:31 PM
Great start to season under new formation

1 or 3 match ban for Alexis?

samsami
23-04-16, 06:54 PM
Great start to season under new formation

1 or 3 match ban for Alexis?

Three matches :(

ebfatz
23-04-16, 09:45 PM
Great start to the season indeed. Could have done without that Sanchez red card for a settled team though.

I guess he gets a rest and will be fitter come Euro games.

samsami
24-04-16, 07:01 AM
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Ten-men Saints lose in Lisbon

On Wednesday 25th September we played Benfica at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. We never expected to win there but when Kongolo received a red card we realised that even a draw was asking a little too much.

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We actually seemed to have little to fear until the 41st minute when Kongolo made that reckless challenge and went in with two feet on Rémy. And when Dzeko scored a minute later, after a perfect long pass by Otávio, it was all over.

As the second half started Benfica seemed relaxed while we, hoping against hope, tried to score the equaliser with ten men, but we never really came close. And to make matters worse, just before the final whistle Lallana had to leave the field injured.

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Benfica took it easy. They scored the one goal they needed and won the match and we simply had no chance; not with ten men. Even Götze could not show what he can do. But perhaps that is just as well. We don't want to sell him!

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Fortunately it looks like Lallana will only be out for a few days with a bruised shin.

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Saints defeat Huddersfield

Three days later, on Saturday 28th September we had to play Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium without Alexis Sánchez (who is banned for three English matches) and without Lallana (who is slightly injured) so we played with Rodríguez and Tadic as wingers.

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It was obvious that our lads had already recovered from the Lisbon trip and they outclassed Huddersfield. We could even have scored more goals than we did.

Götze whipped in a freekick and Goretzka got up above Sadler to score the opener with a fine header. And five minutes later Rodríguez doubled our lead, also with a powerful header. This time the assist came from Abdennour.

Just before half-time Zárate scored for Huddersfield with a low drive, but the second half had barely started when Abdennour hit the ball high and hard towards goal and Czapia saved and deflected the ball clear, only for Sturridge to score with a simple finish!

It was good to win a match again so soon after Lisbon and to add three more points to our tally!

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It was a great team performance and Götze showed that he still is in top form!

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Man City and Chelsea keep winning, too. Arsenal lost their first match of the season and Liverpool and Man Utd have already dropped quite a few points. But anything can still happen of course!

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Redknapp69
25-04-16, 06:37 AM
Going well - the CL game just a blip

samsami
25-04-16, 07:41 AM
Going well - the CL game just a blip

Good to know :)

samsami
25-04-16, 07:55 AM
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Saints win at the iPro Stadium

On Wednesday 2nd October we played Derby County at the iPro Stadium, out of necessity still with Rodríguez and Tadic as wingers.

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Derby did all they could but after half an hour Sturridge scored with a fierce shot. The assist came from Sven van Beek. It was an important goal for Sturridge who still doesn't find the net too often and he didn't half celebrate his goal!

In the second half we brought on Wanyama for Clasie and Soares for Lars Bender. Both Clasie and Bender had received a yellow card and we did not want to take any unnecessary risks. Our two subs played well enough and it was actually Wanyama who centred the ball perfectly for Goretzka to score our second goal with a great header!

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An fairly uneventful game, but a well-deserved win nonetheless. Goretzka was named Man-of-the-Match. Götze played more like a normal human being today.

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Disappointing Saints narrowly defeat Hull

On Wednesday 9th October we played Hull City in front of a crowd of 39,277 for the third and last time with Rodríguez and Tadic as wingers. Lallana is back from his injury but he is not really game fit yet.

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You would think our lads would be more than motivated to win this game with all the other teams having the week off, but if truth be told Hull created more scoring chances than we did! In fact, we did not have a single shot on goal in the first half!

We started the second half with Wanyama for Clasie, just like in the previous match, because Clasie had received a yellow card again. But after an hour we still had not created a single decent scoring chance so in an effort to change things around we brought on Ward-Prowse for Tadic as well.

And then, less than two minutes after that second substitution Rodríguez had to leave the field injured and we had no other wingers to replace him so we brought on Mitrovic as left winger!!

And remarkably it was Aleksandar Mitrovic who scored the deciding goal! After a brilliant pass by Kongolo Mitrovic smashed the ball in low and found the back of the net!! It was only our second shot on goal in the entire match!

Ten minutes later Brown actually scored for Hull and they really deserved it, but to the crowd's relief it was ruled out because Shevlin was offside and so we won this match with more than just a little bit of luck.

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Not a very good game. Our defence was very solid though and the clean sheet was extremely important today!

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Rodríguez will be out of action for about ten days with a gashed leg, but Sánchez will be back from his ban when we play Arsenal next and Lallana should be fit again as well.

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Arsenal and Benfica are our next opponents and we shall need Sánchez and Lallana in those two important matches!

Mark
25-04-16, 11:15 AM
Season is looking good so far and everyone seems to be chipping in with goals too, suggesting that the tactical change has worked out nicely. Keep that pressure up on Man City!

Redknapp69
25-04-16, 11:39 AM
2 clean sheets there was great - especially v Hull who looked the better team so a vital win there

ebfatz
25-04-16, 07:41 PM
All going great guns at the moment.

Happy days.

Fourfourtwo
25-04-16, 09:44 PM
Definitely winning the league this season. Definitely.

samsami
26-04-16, 07:54 AM
Definitely winning the league this season. Definitely.

That's what we thought two years ago! And last year, too.

samsami
26-04-16, 08:11 AM
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Saints beat Arsenal - red card for Juanmi

On Saturday 12th October we played Arsenal in front of a crowd of just 35,682. Abdennour is away on international duty, but Lallana is fit again and Alexis Sánchez is also back from his three-match ban!

Both teams seemed nervous and Arsenal especially started very cautiously while Clasie managed to pick up a yellow card within ten minutes this time!

With 25 minutes on the clock we finally got our first chance when Götze tried to score from distance. Ryan saved but could not hold onto the ball and Goretzka was first to the rebound except this time Ryan bravely collected the ball down low.

We had two more chances. First Lallana blasted the ball towards goal, but it went just over the bar. Next Götze struck the ball with fury so that Ryan could only parry it. The rebound fell to Lallana but he was robbed by Martinez!

On the other side Forster had to get down to turn the ball behind when Rode had been left unmarked and drove first time right-footed at goal.

It was then, just before half-time, that Goretzka started his forward run. He managed to get the ball into the area and went by the challenge of Ward and hit the ball high and hard towards goal to score a superb effort! He chose the perfect moment and the crowd appreciated it!

In the second half we decided to not replace Clasie who was playing very well indeed. There were a couple of scoring chances for both teams but no goals and with 25 minutes remaining Gueye was brought off to be replaced by none other than... Juanmi! We had sold him to Arsenal for Ł6.75M but sadly he never gets any game time at his new club. But this time he did!

We brought on fresh legs as well. Wanyama replaced Clasie and Ward-Prowse replaced Goretzka. And we continued to create the better scoring opportunities. Sturridge came closest when he rose above Martinez to win the ball and almost scored with a header, but Ryan managed to turn the ball behind.

The match was finally decided when Kongolo aimed for the run of Alexis Sánchez with a brilliant long pass. Sánchez moved onto the ball and entered the area when Juanmi tackled and knocked him to the ground! The referee awarded a penalty and showed Juanmi a yellow card, which made the Spaniard furious with Mr.Tomken who responded by reaching into his pocket and pulling out a red card for Juanmi!

The penalty had to be taken now and Alexis Sánchez never hesitated. He stepped up and sent Ryan the wrong way to score our second goal. It was only his first goal of the season, but an important one nevertheless.

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An excellent team performance against a disappointing Arsenal side. Our defence was superb again. And this was already our third consecutive clean sheet!

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Meanwhile, Man Utd managed to hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge while Man City defeated Derby (2-1) at the Etihad Stadium.

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So it's Benfica next and another clean sheet on Tuesday will do us just fine!

Mark
26-04-16, 09:13 AM
Good work, Juanmi :D

Good result, keeps the pressure on 1st!

kuy
26-04-16, 10:45 AM
I'll admit that I wasn't convicned when you signed Bender, but your defence is rock solid at the moment! And everyone knows defence wins championships... :ok:

samsami
26-04-16, 11:01 AM
I'll admit that I wasn't convinced when you signed Bender, but your defence is rock solid at the moment! And everyone knows defence wins championships... :ok:

Well, you might have a point there. Even with our attacking formation (and many of them are old men, mind you! Sturridge, Sánchez and Lallana are all over 30 now!) the real strength of the team seems to be the defence and goalkeeper!

But it all has to happen this year, those championships you are talking about...

Fourfourtwo
26-04-16, 11:45 AM
A fine result... City doing well too though. Who are their big players now?

samsami
26-04-16, 12:15 PM
A fine result... City doing well too though. Who are their big players now?

City?
They still have: Clichy, Bony, de Bruyne, Sterling, Hart and Kolarov
They also now have: Higuaín, Paulista

samsami
27-04-16, 06:48 AM
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Superb Saints defeat Benfica

On Tuesday 15th October we played Benfica in front of a crowd of 35,658. Kongolo was banned for this match so Bertrand started as full back and Abdennour replaced Kongolo as central defender.

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We had lost to Benfica in Lisbon when Kongolo received the red card, but we played superbly this time and if Sturridge had been a little sharper we would have demolished them today!

As it was the crowd had to wait until extra time before Goretzka finally scored the opener. Mário Fernandes had clattered Alexis Sánchez and Goretzka scored the free-kick from 20 yards out! The ball actually went in off the underside of the bar!

The second half started well. Lallana picked up the loose ball and laid it off for Bertrand who controlled the ball well and got free in the penalty area and smashed in low to double our lead!!

But it was not over yet. Dzeko scored seven minutes later and Benfica immediately made a substitution and Toto Salvio almost equalised with a simple finish, but Forster just managed to beat the ball away!

The next chance was for Götze who was left unmarked and shot on the volley but Moraes turned the ball behind. Forster also had to stretch himself when Rocha blasted the ball towards the top corner and things stayed tense as the clock ticked down. We were the better team, but Benfica needed only one goal!

But in the dying seconds Goretzka passed the ball into the area and the head of Sánchez met the ball and he scored the clinching goal!!

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We probably played our best game of the season so far. It doesn't get much better that this! Van Beek was named Man-of-the-Match.

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Things look good but we have to play Werder Bremen at St.Mary's next!

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Saints suffer shock loss at Cardiff

Four days later, on Saturday 19th October we had to play Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff reside near the bottom of the Premier League table and we played in our best possible formation. So what could possibly go wrong?

Well, it started when Lallana took on Ashley Williams with just two minutes on the clock. He played the ball past Williams and fired it in low and hard but the post denied him!

And that set the tone for this fateful match. At half-time we had produced nine shots on goal, five of them on target, but we had not scored yet.

It seemed only a matter of time though. But the second half turned out to be almost a mirror image of the first half. We attacked and we created scoring opportunities, only Sturridge, Lallana and Sánchez failed to find the net.

So we brought on Ward-Prowse for Goretzka and Tadic for Lallana and with twelve minutes remaining we even brought on Mitrovic for Sánchez, but all to no avail. And then the inevitable happened. Lingard moved forward with the ball, skipped past the challenge of Abdennour and jinked past Kongolo. Bender also could not stop Lingard from going past him and he hit a savage right-footed shot and scored his first ever goal for Cardiff!

It was Cardiff City's first attempt on goal and we had had sixteen!

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It was just one of those days. Against all odds we did not score any goals today and then they did. There is little more one can say.

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The only good news is that both Man City and Chelsea also dropped points today as both teams were held to a draw.

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Fourfourtwo
27-04-16, 09:11 AM
Brad Guzan! If only he'd done that for Villa this season...

Mark
27-04-16, 09:14 AM
:doh: Super-keepered! Typical CM! Hopefully you can gain those points back on Man City with your game in hand.

samsami
28-04-16, 08:33 AM
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Saints defeat Werder Bremen again

On Wednesday 23 October we played Werder Bremen in front of a crowd of 39.095 and this time every single squad player was fit and available!

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For some odd reason our striker is not the club's top scorer and neither is either of the wingers. Instead, Goretzka and Götze score most of our goals this season. But this game was different!

Early on in the match Sturridge picked up the loose ball and drove it towards the goal and scored with a fine strike, as if to remind us that he can still do it!

And it was Alexis Sánchez who doubled our lead with a fierce shot (he obviously also wanted to make a point!) after Goretzka had powered a header at goal and Haas had pushed the ball away.

Then Kroos was sent off for his professional foul after pushing Sturridge and Alexis Sánchez sent the keeper the wrong way to score the penalty! Nobody had expected this match to be so easy!

After the break Bertrand replaced Kongolo, who had received a yellow card in the first half. And after it had become clear that we would win the match we also gave Rodríguez and Ward-Prowse game time.

To make matter worse for the Germans Kruse had to go off injured so that Werder Bremen actually had to finish the game with nine man!

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For the first time since we switched to the new formation our strikers were in top form and they actually scored all three of our goals! Hopefully they will now become more productive. On the other hand, we have so many players who can score for us that it is not even funny!

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The nice thing is that we have already qualified for the next Champions League Phase, but it would still be very good to beat Anderlecht again so that we will be the Group B winners!

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Saints make no mistake against Leicester

Four days later, on Sunday 27th October we played Leicester City in front of a crowd of 39,011 and unlike last week this time we did not fail!

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Initially it did not look all that good though. Kouyaté scored with just four minutes on the clock and our fans already had flashbacks of last week's match when we lost to Cardiff after we had just beaten Benfica, but fortunately the goal was ruled out because Okazaki had strayed off-side.

Less than ten minutes later it was all over. Goretzka out-jumped Nicholls and scored a fine header and four minutes later Sturridge moved the ball right for the run of Lallana who used his skill to go past Yoshida and score with a high and hard strike!

We outplayed Leicester but then, just before half-time Sturridge had to go off injured. We brought on Rodríguez and Sánchez moved to the striker position now.

Deep into the second half we brought on Ward-Prowse and Wanyama but even though we created enough scoring chances, there were no further goals.

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A well-deserved and almost easy win; and yet another clean sheet! Kongolo was Man-of-the-Match again.

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We don't score too easily, even with our attacking formation. But our defence is as solid as a rock! If only Sánchez and Sturridge would start scoring more goals nobody can stop us!

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Sturridge will be out of action for about ten days with a bruised thigh. In addition, Lallana will be out for about a week with a bruised rib. This means that neither of them shall be available against Man Utd.

Mark
28-04-16, 11:12 AM
It's a team game, great to see goals from all over the pitch.

samsami
28-04-16, 11:58 AM
It's a team game, great to see goals from all over the pitch.

Senior club goals scored so far:

Goretzka......16 - 7
Götze..........16 - 5
Sánchez.......12 - 4
Sturridge......14 - 4
Lallana.........13 - 3

Fourfourtwo
28-04-16, 04:05 PM
Sturridge? Injured? Never...

samsami
28-04-16, 04:13 PM
Sturridge? Injured? Never...

I know, I know....

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/row-zed/amazing-daniel-sturridge-graphic-claims-7336088

ebfatz
28-04-16, 07:49 PM
Senior club goals scored so far:

Sánchez.......12 - 4
Sturridge......14 - 4


Should have stuck with Mitrovic!!

samsami
28-04-16, 08:40 PM
Should have stuck with Mitrovic!!

Hm... you may not want to miss tomorrow morning's match report then. Writing it as we speak.

samsami
29-04-16, 08:05 AM
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Saints eliminate Man Utd on penalties

On Sunday 3rd November we had to play Man Utd in the League Cup 3rd Round, without Sturridge or Lallana. Both players are still recovering from their injuries.

There seems to be little interest in the League Cup in Southampton. The game was played in front of a crowd of just 31,375!

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Ward-Prowse replaced the injured Adam Lallana and Sánchez replaced Sturridge for this match with Rodríguez filling in as left winger. A disappointed Aleksandar Mitrovic started on the bench.

And it did not start well. After just five minutes Pogba already broke the offside trap and was clean through on goal! He hit a hopeful shot and scored the shocking opener!

Man Utd may currently only be in 13th position in the Premier League table but they still have a formidable team and they actually outplayed us for about half an hour. But we have an extremely solid defence and we withstood the pressure. And then it was Götze's turn! He skipped past Rojo and Smalling and had a go on goal and scored the brilliant equaliser!

The second half wentquite a bit better for us. Man Utd never had another shot at goal while we created one or two fairly decent scoring changes. We also brought on Tadic for Rodríguez, but that hardly made a difference and so the match went to extra time.

We put some more fresh legs on now as we brought on Bertrand for Abdennour and Wanyama for Götze and Wanyama played brilliantly, but there were no more goals. There was one very scary moment though, when Forster clipped the feet of Martial in the area but much to our relief Mr.Patrick turned down the penalty appeal and so the match went to penalties!

And this time we were the lucky team! Tadic, Sánchez, Forster and Clasie all scored their penalties but Man Utd were less fortunate. Martial was the first one to fail. He took the second penalty for Man Utd and he sent it wide. And Herrera missed the fourth penalty as he sent the ball over the bar!

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As usual we leaned on our solid defence and once more Kongolo was named Man-of-the-Match!

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So we survived the League Cup Third Round but it cost an awful lot of strength and energy just two days before our final Champions League Group Match.


Saints win chaotic final group match

Two days later, on Tuesday 5th November we had to play our final Champions League Group Match in Brussels, without Sánchez, Sturridge, Clasie and Kongolo who were all in need of rest. Lallana was fit to play again though.

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Now even though we had already qualified, we still wanted to win this match and finish as group leaders, but very early on in the game Goretzka was sent off after he had received his second yellow card and so we had to play the remaining 75 minutes with ten men!!

The first half was actually rather boring as Anderlecht seemed to lack the creativity to break through our solid defence while we hardly dared to attack with only ten men. And then, just before half-time we had another blow when Mario Götze had to go off injured!!

So it did not look good now as we started the second half not just without Sánchez, Sturridge, Clasie and Kongolo, but also without Goretzka and without Götze.

And that's when Mitrovic stood up and delivered! It was Wanyama who lifted the ball ahead of him in the area and Mitrovic rifled in a half-volley and scored the beautiful opener!

And suddenly things started happening! Just five minutes later Heylen was sent off after hacking down Mitrovic with two feet and so Anderlecht had to finish the game with ten men as well!

We created a few more chances now, but Anderlecht never gave up and they countered well. Atsu came close when he drove the ball in low, but it hit the upright and went out of play. Najar tried to catch Forster off his line, but our goalkeeper managed to push the ball away superbly.

And then, with just two minutes remaining Anderlecht dramatically equalised when Nájar fired the ball in low and hard from 20 yards and Forster never moved or saw the ball!

And so the game would have ended in a disappointing draw if it had not been for Mitrovic who scored in the rebound in extra time after Kaminsky had initially parried the ball after his high and hard shot at goal!

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A hard-fought, scratchy and ugly victory perhaps, but a victory nonetheless and a personal triumph for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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Götze will be out of action for about two weeks with strained ankle ligaments. He will miss our next three or four games, including the one against Chelsea on 17th November.

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Meanwhile we have been drawn in Group C of the Champions League along with FC Barcelona, Inter and Wolfsburg!

ebfatz
29-04-16, 09:03 AM
Still picking up great results.

Goretska getting sent off is a bit of a blow.

Mark
29-04-16, 09:06 AM
Two good results there :ok:

Erm, Forster as number 3 penalty taker? :lol:

samsami
29-04-16, 09:11 AM
Still picking up great results.
Goretska getting sent off is a bit of a blow.

Happy with Mitrovic?


Two good results there :ok:
Erm, Forster as number 3 penalty taker? :lol:

He's done that before, at least twice. Never missed a penalty yet. He's just good at it!

ebfatz
29-04-16, 01:04 PM
I'm always happy with Mitro!!

Fourfourtwo
29-04-16, 01:18 PM
Nice to see the team building a bit of momentum. You've got to keep picking Mitrovic now...

Redknapp69
30-04-16, 02:19 AM
Just catching up

Ash Williams at Cardiff?! :tsk:

Going great guns everywhere - hopefully a sweet 2nd CL group stage

samsami
30-04-16, 07:00 AM
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Easy win for Saints; Chelsea lose!

On Saturday 9th November we played West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns without Götze (injured) and without our super subs Tadic and Mitrovic who are both away on international duty. And we actually missed Mitrovic because Sturridge, who is not 100% fit, started on the bench.

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We expected a lot from our opponents, but for some reason West Brom could never show us why they are currently in fourth position in the Premier League table.

Within five minutes Rodríguez, who no longer gets much game time these days, found the net after Clasie had put the ball into the six yard box for him. And that obviously was an unexpected blow for West Brom.

Unfortunately Bender picked up a knock and had to go off injured, but Soares did well, replacing him. And when Goretzka doubled the score early on in the second half, again with the assist coming from Clasie, it was all over. West Brom resigned to their fate and we should probably have finished them off, but many of our players are ready for a break now.

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Although quite a few of our players were tired after last week's exhausting games and the travelling involved with that, we did remarkably well today. The early goal did help, of course.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea's shock defeat helps us an awful lot, especially as we have shall to play them at St.Mary's next weekend! Unfortunately, Bender will be out of action for about two weeks with a sprained ankle so he definitely can't play on Sunday. And of course Mario Götze will also not be available against Chelsea.

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First there will be a short international break now and then it's Chelsea at home, most likely with Ward-Prowse and Bertrand for Götze and Bender.

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Fourfourtwo
01-05-16, 09:03 AM
Nice when other results go your way - it's going to be a two horse race this season I think...

Redknapp69
01-05-16, 09:10 AM
Defence is water tight :ok:

samsami
01-05-16, 01:31 PM
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Saints held to a draw by arch-rivals Chelsea

On Sunday 17th November we played Chelsea at St.Mary's without Bender and without Götze. In addition, Mitrovic is out for a full month after he suffered a serious groin strain in the international match with Serbia this past week.

But on Saturday Arsenal had humiliated Man City so here was the chance for Chelsea or us to take the lead in the Premier League!

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As usual we struggled against our arch-rivals who have beaten us in the title race these past two seasons, although both times a photo-finish was required.

There were some shots on goal from both teams, but nothing to worry about for either goalkeeper until the final minute of the first half when Diego Costa lost Kongolo and tried a pot-shot at goal and scored the shock opener for Chelsea!

It was a goal which silenced the crowd, but they recovered quickly because in extra time Alexis Sánchez headed the ball to Goretzka who bent it from long range and when the ball hit the woodwork and bounced clear it was Sturridge who drove the ball low towards the goal and scored the equaliser!!

Early on in the second half Begovic had to go off injured. Chelsea were the attacking team now. They have more individual class than we do. But with the home advantage and with Forster as goalkeeper we withheld the pressure (and Goretzka or Wanyama could even have scored with a bit of luck) until the final whistle was blown.

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Sturridge was important for us and so he was named Man-of-the-Match, although many feel that Forster would actually have deserved it more!

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samsami
02-05-16, 10:58 AM
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Saints too strong for Wolfsburg

On Wednesday 20th October we played Vfl Wolfsburg in the Champions League Phase Two in front of a crowd of 39,461.

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Goretzka was banned for this important first group match while Götze and Bender (and Mitrovic) are all injured, so our midfield did not look too good on paper. At least, not as good as it usually does. After all, Goretzka and Götze are considered key players in our formation.

But we have some excellent subs and in the final minutes of the first half, when Grün had fisted the ball to safety and Lucas Silva had hoofed it clear, it was Ward-Prowse who headed the ball on and it was Wanyama who went for the follow up and hit a fierce shot and found the net!!

We definitely deserved that goal as we were the better team and it seemed as if Wolfsburg had only come to defend. And if it had not been for their excellent goalkeeper we would have scored much earlier.

As it turned out Wanyama's goal was the deciding goal. Sánchez had two excellent shots on goal, but Grün managed to get his fingertips to the ball both times and so we won the game by a very narrow margin. But we won! And that is all that matters in the Champions League Group Phase!

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Starting with a clean sheet is always good. Van Beek was Man-of-the-Match. More often than not our defenders are our best players these days!

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Saints on fire against Newcastle

Three days later, on Saturday 23rd November we played Newcastle United at St.James' Park.

Now we did not even create more scoring chances than our opponents did, but we were far more efficient than they were. It was Clasie who drove a right-footed shot low towards the goal and scored the opener. And ten minutes later Goretzka got above Richard and powered a header at goal and found the net and so we were in control from the very start of the match!

In the second half Newcastle tried all they could to get back into the game but Clasie scored again with an excellent strike and so we could add yet another three points to our tally today!

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With Goretzka back as central midfielder we had little difficulty defeating Newcastle. And this was yet another clean sheet for us!

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Meanwhile Leicester held Chelsea to an unexpected 0-0 draw! Could it be that Chelsea is already dropping out of the title race?

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We shall have to play Liverpool twice now. And the Reds are having a fantastic season so far!

kuy
02-05-16, 12:41 PM
You're going great, but it's far too early to start discounting teams like Chelsea! Hope you can keep competing at home and in Europe :ok:

Redknapp69
02-05-16, 10:56 PM
Yeah - top 6 still in it but you're looking good :ok:

samsami
03-05-16, 07:30 AM
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Nine-men Saints eliminated from League Cup

On Wednesday 27th November we played Liverpool in the League Cup 4th Round at Anfield with the best possible line-up.

And initially everything looked just fine. Within five minutes Tunnicliffe had to go off injured and when Götze scored after just thirteen minutes, all was well with the world.

But then Kongolo was sent off after he innocently clattered Mason. And suddenly it was a totally different game! With an hour remaining we had no choice but to bring off Sturridge and bring on Bertrand, hoping against hope that we would somehow survive. But that hope only lasted six minutes and then Souaré took the ball on the bounce and cancelled out Götze's opener with a vicious shot.

But even so our lads never gave up! We defended well and we even created the odd scoring chance with ten men. And deep into the second half we brought on Ward-Prowse for Goretzka and somehow we did last the full ninety minutes so the game went to extra time.

With Wanyama for Götze we hoped to survive those 30 extra minutes, but it took Wanyama less than ten minutes to pick up two yellow cards and so he was sent off as well! And though we still hoped for the best it finally was 18-year-old Mike Moore who scored the goal that knocked us out of the League Cup.

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We did what we could, but the avalanche of yellow and red cards that was just too much to handle.

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So that's one trophy we will not win this year. But - there was some good news as well! After the game we heard that Man Utd had just managed to defeat City (1-0) at Old Trafford!

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Unfortunately, because of all the yellow cards, Kongolo, Van Beek, Clasie and Wanyama are now banned for our next League match against Liverpool. And that is one match we really want to win now!!

Fourfourtwo
03-05-16, 07:42 AM
Ouch. One less competition to worry about I guess!

samsami
03-05-16, 07:52 AM
Ouch. One less competition to worry about I guess!

In a way, yes. But this is my fifth and final year and the fans are still waiting for our very first trophy ever!!

Redknapp69
03-05-16, 11:43 AM
Can't believe you haven't won a trophy yet
Delighted you lost to Liverpool tho :)
League or nothing this year IMO so better to go full out for that

samsami
03-05-16, 12:18 PM
Can't believe you haven't won a trophy yet
Delighted you lost to Liverpool tho :)
League or nothing this year IMO so better to go full out for that

It's a struggle this time, with Saints! But I agree about the League so we will crush Liverpool next!

Mark
03-05-16, 03:35 PM
Caught up from last Friday. Great result in a draw against Chelsea, could be the difference come the end of the season. Wouldn't worry too much about the League Cup, will happily take a win in the league instead! Hope you can do it without those players suspended!

samsami
04-05-16, 07:34 AM
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Saints exact revenge on Liverpool

On Saturday 30th November, just three days after they eliminated us from the League Cup, we played Liverpool again, this time at St.Mary's in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 42,522.

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We had to play without Kongolo, Van Beek and Clasie, which leaves the centre of our defence rather vulnerable. And to make matters worse, Wanyama was also unavailable. So with a makeshift defence and with Goretzka playing slightly out of position as central defensive midfielder we faced Liverpool for the second time in four days.

And the first attempt at goal was indeed for Liverpool. But the crowd had to wait half an hour for it! Clyne passed the ball in the area looking for Coutinho, who headed it towards the goal, but Forster did well to turn the ball away. And just before half time Selke also had the opportunity to head the ball towards the goal, but he put it just wide.

The second half was more eventful. We brought on Van Dijk for Bertrand but we still did not have a single shot on goal and the second half had barely started when Ince almost scored. He lost his man and drove the ball in low first time on his left foot, and his effort went just inches wide!

Because Lallana picked up a minor injury we brought on Tadic to replace him. Somehow we had to get control of the game and create some scoring chances. And with sixty minutes on the clock we also brought on Rodríguez for Sánchez, but even so Liverpool remained the attacking team! They claimed a penalty when Mason was knocked to the floor by Soares, and rightly so, but for some obscure reason the referee turned down their penalty appeal.

In the 65th minute we finally had our first attempt on goal, but Götze put the ball clean over the bar. Then, the very next minute it happened! Sturridge took control of the ball and struck it with fury. Bauman turned the ball away, but Tadic got to the loose ball first and he passed it to Rodríguez who never hesitated but scored with a fierce strike! Totally out of the blue, but who cares? Our super subs had done it again!!

However, Liverpool was not beaten yet. Not quite. Benteke fired the ball in low and hard and he put it less than a foot wide. Then Sturridge had to go off injured so that we had to finish the game with ten men! The crow held its breath, but it was actually Soares who scored, only it was ruled out as Ward-Prowse had strayed in an offside position.

So it still was not over yet. Liverpool made one final substitution. They brought on Besic for Benteke, but we controlled the match now, even with ten men, and so to the relief of the crowd we survived those final ten minutes and we got our sweet revenge on Liverpool!

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A hard-fought and very important victory with our subs playing fantastically!

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Chelsea also won their match, but Man City dropped yet another two points as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester.

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Redknapp69
04-05-16, 09:10 AM
Lucky win there ;)

Goretska as DM :eek: :shocked:

kuy
04-05-16, 09:57 AM
Hard-fought win, subs really made the difference! I think you are better off with a win in the league and defeat in the cup rather than the other way round :ok:

Mark
04-05-16, 10:40 AM
A tough win indeed but games like that win you the title! Keep it up before you face Man City!

ebfatz
04-05-16, 11:44 AM
Sturridge injured again is a surprise ;)

Doing well. Agreed that losing in the League Cup can only be a good thing. No fixture congestion now in Jan/Feb before the Champions League restarts.

That's a bonus.

samsami
04-05-16, 11:59 AM
Lucky win there ;)
Goretska as DM :eek: :shocked:

And he did well! By the way, he is an MC not an AMC so it's not all that strange. Götze on the other hand would have been odd as DMC...


Sturridge injured again is a surprise ;)
Doing well. Agreed that losing in the League Cup can only be a good thing. No fixture congestion now in Jan/Feb before the Champions League restarts.
That's a bonus.

That is true. The fixture congestion probably did us in last season.

samsami
05-05-16, 07:46 AM
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Remarkably victory in Milan

On Tuesday 3rd December we played Internazionale at the San Siro Stadium, a.k.a. the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

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Because both Sturridge and Mitrovic are injured we had Sánchez play as striker with Rodríguez as left winger. And we played remarkably well again! While Inter seemed happy to defend and wait for their chance to come, we attacked as if we had nothing to lose!

Granted, for the longest time the Italian defence seemed strong enough to survive our attacks, but two minutes before the break Götze laid the ball off for Lallana who had a great opportunity and with a prefect header he found the net!! Unfortunately that also ended his part in the game as he crashed into the post and had to came off injured.

Two minutes after the break we lost Clasie as well when he made a dangerous, and poorly timed, two-footed challenge on Kondogbia and received the red card!!

Inter did create some chances now, but they must have had a terrible off-day. They never scored and in the 78th minute we countered well and Goretzka headed the ball towards the goal; Ohayon saved and deflected it clear but Rodríguez was first to the rebound and applied the finish!!

A highly remarkable and most important victory!

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Kongolo was Man-of-the-Match for the fifth time this season. Apart from Götze no other Saints player has been Man-of-the-Match more often this season.

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Clasie is banned for one European match after being sent off today. Lallana will be out for about a week with a bruised head. But we are making our mark on Europe and the media are taking notice!

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Mark
05-05-16, 09:05 AM
Excellent result indeed, could be on for glory if you keep this up? Not if you keep getting injuries and red cards though!

Redknapp69
05-05-16, 09:36 AM
Unbelievable result and totallly dominated them!

Tadic coming on as well :eek: :shocked:

Massive confidence booster as a tough looking group :ok:

samsami
05-05-16, 12:37 PM
Excellent result indeed, could be on for glory if you keep this up? Not if you keep getting injuries and red cards though!

This is my last season. It's all or nothing!



Unbelievable result and totally dominated them!
Tadic coming on as well :eek: :shocked:
Massive confidence booster as a tough looking group :ok:

The away win could mean we will qualify in this group! Tadic was needed because Lallana crashed into the post and bruised his head. We have four good wingers!

Kingsley
05-05-16, 01:09 PM
Great story and sorry that I am only getting into it at the end. It would be tragic if you came away from 5 years with nothing silver to show for it.

Pole position to progress in Europe and building a gap in the league. All you nead is a decent draw in the cup and surely this will be your year.

samsami
05-05-16, 01:26 PM
Great story and sorry that I am only getting into it at the end. It would be tragic if you came away from 5 years with nothing silver to show for it.

Pole position to progress in Europe and building a gap in the league. All you nead is a decent draw in the cup and surely this will be your year.

Thanks! Hope you got yourself a season ticket! We need every fan we can get to cheer us on this year!!!

Kingsley
05-05-16, 02:51 PM
Thanks! Hope you got yourself a season ticket! We need every fan we can get to cheer us on this year!!!

I'm the moron right behind your dugout that is shouting the advice that you don't need.

ebfatz
05-05-16, 04:07 PM
Injuries before, injuries and discipline issues this time.

Hope the players sort out the red cards before they blow it again!

samsami
06-05-16, 07:25 AM
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Injuries handicap Saints

On Saturday 7th December Man City received Chelsea while we played Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane with subs for both wingers and for two of our defenders.

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Bender and Kongolo were both banned for this match; Lallana and Mitrovic are not 100% fit so they started on the bench and Sturridge is still out with a gashed leg.

So we played with Rodríguez and Tadic as wingers and with Soares as Van Beek as defenders and the first half was extremely boring. Neither team came even close to scoring the much-needed opener.

The second half was a lot more exciting though. Ten minutes into the second half Kane powered a header at goal and the ball hit the bar and went out of play! Five minutes later Van Beek took away the legs of Bentaleb, but the referee turned down the penalty appeal. And two minutes later Son Heung-Min saw Forster off his line and chipped from distance, but the ball went into the stand behind the goal!

So with 25 minutes remaining we brought on Lallana for Tadic, hoping he would do it for us. Hardly fresh legs, but what else can one do? Ten minutes later we brought on Mitrovic for Rodríguez and Wanyama for Clasie in a final attempt to turn things around - and it seemed to work when Götze lost his man and scored! But unfortunately it was ruled out because Mitrovic had strayed offside.

And so the game ended in a disappointing stalemate. Disappointing for both teams, actually.

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Nothing to write home about, but as one experienced Premier League pundit said: Our defence is watertight!

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With Chelsea defeating Man City at the Etihad Stadium it would seem that they are back in the race again, while City are dropping points almost every week now.


Saints outclass Sheffield Wednesday

Four days later, on Wednesday 11 December we played Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium.

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Van Beek, Kongolo and Lallana are all available again. Only Sturridge is still injured, but we have Alexis Sánchez and he scored the early opener - and his fifth goal of the season - with a fantastic low drive.

Four minutes later Iorfa tried to beat Forster off his line, but our goalkeeper gathered the ball safely. The remaining minutes of the first half we were in control of the match, only we did not find the net.

We started the second half with Wanyama for Clasie and again it was Alexis Sánchez who scored, this time after a long solo and a great cross pass from Goretzka.

Sánchez almost completed his hat-trick just before the final whistle when he hit the ball in low, but Dennis saved and deflected the ball clear, only for Rodríguez to go for the follow up and apply the finish!

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A fantastic team performance. With Van Beek, Bender and Lallana back we outplayed Sheffield Wednesday. Alexis Sánchez was named Man-of-the-Match.

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Now with five more League matches scheduled for this month we should do all we can to strengthen our position at the top of the table!

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Redknapp69
06-05-16, 08:19 AM
Luck to get a point away at Spurs in a poor performance

Expected battering of the worst team in Sheff Wed

Given the strength of your defence I dont see you losing many, let's just hope the draws can stay away as well. Slowly looking like a 3 horse race at best

Kingsley
06-05-16, 08:40 AM
Not sure about the 3 horse race. I wouldn't write off Arsenal with their games in hand. You still have a lead and a game in hand, but Chelsea have the momentum. I think that the key will be keeping the best of your attackers available.

What is your opinion of Mitrovic ? I had him at Man Utd in the "Kids" challenge and while he played well, he never looked like scoring.

Mark
06-05-16, 09:25 AM
Got to take a point when you don't play well. Good to see you then follow it up with a win so you're still looking good.

samsami
06-05-16, 10:10 AM
Not sure about the 3 horse race. I wouldn't write off Arsenal with their games in hand. You still have a lead and a game in hand, but Chelsea have the momentum. I think that the key will be keeping the best of your attackers available.

What is your opinion of Mitrovic ? I had him at Man Utd in the "Kids" challenge and while he played well, he never looked like scoring.

Mitrovic has been good but not a goal machine:
1st year: 17 goals in 45 appearances
2nd year: 15 goals in 47 (1) appearances
3rd year: 11 goals in 28 (5) appearances

Alexis Sánchez is not doing all that much better though:
1st year: 12 goals in 25 appearances as a striker
2nd year: 6 goals so far in 22 appearances as a winger (although his last two goals were scored as a striker)

Sturridge is also not delivering yet (and he's injured a lot):
1st year: 5 goals so far in 19 appearances

ebfatz
06-05-16, 03:52 PM
That pundit ha got it right.

That defence is watertight. 5 conceded in 16 games is exceptional.

samsami
06-05-16, 06:03 PM
That pundit has got it right.
That defence is watertight. 5 conceded in 16 games is exceptional.

As was the pundit who said: Hope the players sort out the red cards before they blow it again! It caused us to drop two points against Spurs.

samsami
07-05-16, 08:32 AM
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Ten-men Saints defeat Swansea in 6-goal thriller

On Sunday 15th December we played Swansea City in front of a crowd of 38,089 and it was a match that our fans will not quickly forget. Especially since Chelsea dropped two points at home to Liverpool!

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Sturridge has begun full training again, but he is only 65% fit so Sánchez started as striker again with Rodríguez as left winger.

Swansea started extremely cautiously but even we scored within five minutes. Abdennour passed the ball to Götze after a long forward run and Götze scored with a perfect low drive!

Everything looked fine, until Kongolo was sent off for pushing Hughes! We brought on Virgil van Dijk to replace him as central defender and Rodríguez was brought off. Sánchez moved to the left winger position and so we continued without a striker. But at least we were a goal up.

Our main goal now was to defend our lead with ten men. Nevertheless, Hughes came close to equalising with a fine header, but Forster managed to push the ball away superbly and just when we began to think that we could possibly lean on our defence and win the game it was Hughes again who lost his man and scored!

After the break we started with Wanyama for Clasie and two minutes into the second half Goretzka went by the challenge of Galloway and chipped the ball in the penalty area towards Alexis Sánchez who scored with a superb header!

The crowd were elated, but before we could decide on the best approach now, Ings had already found the net after he had managed to jump above Abdennour and nod the ball towards the goal out of reach of Forster's outstretched arms!

But it did not stop there either! Within three minutes the scenario had completely changed again as Wanyama tried his luck and the shot deflected off Skrtel, who put the ball past his own goalkeeper!

After we had brought on Soares for a tired Lars Bender it was Andrew Gray who almost equalised for Swansea again, but once more Forster managed to push the ball away. The game remained very tense until the very end and it wasn't until the final minute that Götze decided the match by rifling the ball in low with his right!

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No clean sheet this time, but even with ten men we attacked with the support of the crowd and we scored the goals we needed! Götze was named Man-of-the-Match.

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The bad news is that Kongolo has been banned for no less than four matches! And Ward-Prowse will also be out of action for three weeks after he suffered a twisted knee in training the day after the match.


Saints grab lucky win at the Etihad

On Saturday 21st December we played Man City at the Etihad Stadium in what was City's last chance to stay in the title race.

Kongolo has been banned for four matches, so Van Dijk replaced him. Sturridge is 95% fit and so he started on the bench. But even though the match was crucial for both teams, it lacked everything that makes football so exciting. Or, almost everything...

It took 25 minutes before we had the first shot on goal and even then it had to be a free kick. Goretzka took the free kick, but Gunn did well to save and hold onto the ball.

But three minutes later it happened!! Goretzka put the ball into the six yard box looking for Alexis Sánchez but Sánchez could not reach it and although Goretzka certainly did not mean it, the ball went in with an odd curve and Goretzka had no qualms taking the credit!!

It silenced the crowd and shocked our opponents but nothing of interest happened in the remaining twenty minutes or so.

In the second half we brought off Rodríguez and brought on Sturridge as striker with Sánchez now playing as left winger again. We also brought on Soares for Bender. But again, nothing of significance happened. Lallana tried a long range effort, but it went over the bar. We brought on Wanyama for Goretzka and with 80 minutes on the clock Man City finally had their first attempt at goal when Sterling hit the ball high and hard, but it was well saved by Forster, who also saved well a few minutes later when Sterling tried a long shot at goal.

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A draw would have been a fair result, but we had the lucky goal and in the final match minutes Forster was reliable again!

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So far, so good. But we've been here before and that time, almost two years ago now, the race was not to the swift.

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Mark
07-05-16, 08:49 AM
How did you pull that off against Swansea? The red cards will cost you soon if it's not sorted!

Great wins though, especially over Man City for that 10 point lead!

samsami
07-05-16, 08:59 AM
How did you pull that off against Swansea? The red cards will cost you soon if it's not sorted!

Great wins though, especially over Man City for that 10 point lead!

The red cards continue to haunt us. But it's the consequence of hard tackling and the type of players we've got. Chelsea also still haunt us of course!

ebfatz
07-05-16, 05:26 PM
Only a matter of time before the disciplinary fine comes from the FA.

But still picking up results so it's all good.

Fourfourtwo
07-05-16, 07:23 PM
Great win at City! You want a nice big lead though - don't give the players any chance of slipping up in the final weeks...

Redknapp69
07-05-16, 08:03 PM
OG was key in that lucky Swansea win ;)

Destiny is with you this year for the league but by damn you deserve it!

samsami
08-05-16, 07:21 AM
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Saints' winning run continues

On Thursday 26th December we played West Ham United with Van Dijk for Kongolo, but otherwise with our best possible formation, although Ward-Prowse is also still injured.

And we played the way we have done so often these days. After West Ham had missed three decent scoring chances we had our first shot on target when Goretzka flighted in a free kick and sure enough he scored from 20 yard out!

And our second shot on goal was also a winner. Sánchez found Lallana with a weighted pass into the area and Lallana hit a speculative effort and doubled the score!!

Nothing much happened in the second half. We made a triple substitution to give some of our key players rest as we have another game to play on Saturday, but the game simply petered out.

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A good and solid victory against a strong team. If truth be told we do miss Kongolo though!

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Saints win final game of the year as well

Just two days later, on Saturday 28th December we played our final match of 2019 against Sheffield Wednesday in front of a crowd of 41,071. Not bad when you play a team that you know will be relegated!

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And it was an easy match, although Joăo Carlos succeeded in cancelling out the early opener by Alexis Sánchez with a brilliant low drive that took Forster quite by surprise.

But then Abdennour scored his first goal ever for Saints! And after Joăo Carlos had hit a hopeful looking shot and the ball had hit the woodwork, it was Alexis Sánchez who decided the match when he poked a finish past Platt who had let the ball go free after a fierce shot by Lallana.

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A good match to end the year with. And Sánchez is beginning to enjoy his role as winger; at least, so it would seem!

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Meanwhile, Liverpool defeated Man City (1-0) at Anfield which means that it has definitely become a two-horse race now. Will we finally beat Chelsea in the title race this year?

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samsami
08-05-16, 07:54 AM
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Breaking News - Unrest at St.Mary's

It appears that several key players at St.Mary's have voiced serious concerns over the lack of squad depth at Southampton Football Club. According to these players this will seriously hamper Saints' hopes of winning the Premier League and of being successful in Europe.

Among the squad players who have voiced concerns are prominent names like Fraser Forster, Mario Götze, Alexis Sánchez and Daniel Sturridge.

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The problem seems to be that there are no finances available for further transfers. In recent years the Board have spent millions of pounds on Stadium expansion and they have turned St.Mary's into an impressive 54,000 all-seater stadium with under-soil heating, but average attendance has hardly increased.

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With so much money going towards stadium expansion there is currently no money available for transfers.

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It would seem poor timing for these problems to arise after the recent string of victories, but as the players point out, if a club does not have sufficient squad depth the season could easily prove to be too long. That's exactly what happened the previous two years when Chelsea won the title race!!

Redknapp69
08-05-16, 03:20 PM
Sign freebie players?

Fourfourtwo
08-05-16, 10:00 PM
Sign freebie players?

Yes! Any free agent with lots of international caps will usually solve the 'squad depth' problem right?

Kingsley
09-05-16, 08:03 AM
Any spotty 16 year old with 2 left feet will solve the problem. It is just numbers (around 30-35 players) that gets them happy again.

Definitely a 2 horse race now and I was wrong about Arsenal mounting a challenge. i don't think there is much you can do about the red cards, it just does that when you get too successful. It would be good if Chelsea could drop a few points. They are a bit too close for comfort.

samsami
09-05-16, 08:33 AM
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Southampton FC - Rift between Board and Manager

Problems are rapidly mounting at St.Mary's. Leaked emails reveal that the Southampton board are not prepared to invest any more money this transfer window on new players. Instead, they suggest that purchases are financed by selling players. A remarkable suggestion considering that fact that the unrest among the players is caused by the perceived lack of squad depth!

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The leaked emails further suggest that manager Samsami is supporting his players in their claim and that he is even prepared to issue an ultimatum to the Southampton board. This would mean that the manager would resign from his job if the board do not agree to make more transfer funds available this month.

The Board has spent millions of pounds on stadium expansion, money that could have been spent on transfers. Is there a rift between the board and the manager?

Mark
09-05-16, 09:12 AM
:lol: It's all kicking off despite the team sitting pretty at the top.

I have noticed that you tend to go for the big buys and blow your budget in one go every season. Have you never really considered squad depth before? Even just 4/5 youth players in the reserves will keep the numbers up and players happy.

samsami
09-05-16, 09:31 AM
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Lucky win for Saints at Crystal Palace

While the media continue to report about the supposed unrest at the club, life goes on and on Wednesday 1st January 2020 we had to play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Eagles reside near the bottom of the League and are currently struggling against relegation.

Wanyama replaced Clasie, who was banned for this match, and of course Van Dijk still replaced Kongolo.

Our lads seemed nervous and it did not help that McArthur scored for Palace after just twelve minutes. But fortunately Sturridge picked just the right moment to equalise, just before the break!

And history repeated itself in the second half. It looked like we would be held to a massively disappointing draw when Alexis Sánchez recieved the ball from Abdennour, advanced on the goalkeeper and struck the ball with fury and scored!!

Immediately the final whistle was blown and we all sighed a huge sigh of relief!

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Of course we were the better team, but by Jove, this was a very narrow escape!

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Chelsea also won their match and whatever the media are saying, we are still doing great in the Premier League!

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The bad news is that Van Dijk was injured in training the very next day.

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Kingsley
09-05-16, 09:33 AM
You can't resign this close to the first bit of silver at St Mary's. As Mark says, get in some teenagers on minimum wages, or just ignore the players unrest

Mark
09-05-16, 09:43 AM
Ouch, van Dijk will be a miss. What's his average rating been like? Or is he only in while Kongolo is missing?

samsami
09-05-16, 09:45 AM
Ouch, van Dijk will be a miss. What's his average rating been like? Or is he only in while Kongolo is missing?

This season he only plays when Kongolo or Van Beek or unavailable.
Our normal defence consists of Abdennour, Kongolo, Van Beek and Bender.
Subs: Bertrand, Van Dijk and Soares.

Redknapp69
09-05-16, 09:46 AM
Phew - well done Alexis!

Kingsley
09-05-16, 09:57 AM
Van Dijk being injured will save you a red card :cool:

samsami
09-05-16, 10:17 AM
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Saints manager stays in his job

Fans support the Saints' manager who is said to stay on at the club, although he had apparently issued an ultimatum to the club's board.

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According to another leaked email the Southampton board have reacted well, stating that there is simply no more money available.

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Fans are delighted and while the manager refuses to comment, one of the fans' spokesmen said that they have every faith in the manager and in the team and that they fully expect Saints to finally win that most coveted trophy of all!

Fourfourtwo
09-05-16, 01:57 PM
They've got Ł5m in the bank, the cheeky monkeys. Another ultimatum and you'll get the hoof I suspect. Is there anyone who you could stand to sell?

samsami
09-05-16, 02:06 PM
They've got Ł5m in the bank, the cheeky monkeys. Another ultimatum and you'll get the hoof I suspect. Is there anyone who you could stand to sell?

:)

Nobody wants our youth players. And the first squad players are needed or we'll have even less squad depth.

samsami
09-05-16, 02:21 PM
:lol: It's all kicking off despite the team sitting pretty at the top.
I have noticed that you tend to go for the big buys and blow your budget in one go every season. Have you never really considered squad depth before? Even just 4/5 youth players in the reserves will keep the numbers up and players happy.

We have still have 11 players in the reserves, most of them youth players. And I have noticed before, with Spurs, that adding youth players to the first team does not make players happy. So I'm trying to find one or two players for the 1.25M that's available.

Fourfourtwo
09-05-16, 02:51 PM
We have still have 11 players in the reserves, most of them youth players. And I have noticed before, with Spurs, that adding youth players to the first team does not make players happy.

As I understand it, you need players with some reputation to make the issue go away. So an older free agent with lots of international caps should do the business. Don't ask me what my evidence for this is though - I could be making it up!

Kingsley
09-05-16, 03:10 PM
No. it is just numbers in the reserves. Quality, age, and sqaud status is not important, just numbers in the total squad.

Mark
09-05-16, 03:21 PM
Yep, Kingsley is right. I get it when I have around 30 players in the squad but not if you go above that. 33 is OK.

kuy
09-05-16, 04:45 PM
I have a feeling you may need a balance as well - for example if the squad think you're short of defenders, I don't think adding strikers will solve the problems. I could be wrong though!

ebfatz
09-05-16, 07:55 PM
Replicate the Southampton youth policy.

4 or 5 youngsters with 14+ in passing maybe stamina as well and you'll be laughing. They'll never get a game so it's no odds.

Alternatively, you could just ignore. Only gonna be there for 5 more months anyway.

samsami
10-05-16, 07:01 AM
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Van Beek sent off as Saints eliminate Bournemouth from FA Cup

Three days after we had beaten Crystal Palace and all the commotion had finally died down, on Saturday 4th January we played 1st Division club Bournemouth in the FA Cup 3rd Round.

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Kongolo was back from his ban just in time now that Van Dijk is injured and we started out well. Within five minutes none other than Lars Bender had already scored the opener. His first ever goal for Southampton!

But this is not meant to be an easy season for us and Van Beek was shown the red card after a poorly-timed tackle! His first red card of the season. We brought on Soares and had to bring off Sturridge and finish the game with ten men now.

And six minutes later Bender went in hard on Segura and because he played the man instead of the ball a penalty was awarded! Matt Ritchie stepped up and scored from the spot!

We did recover though and it was Goretzka who scored the deciding goal well into the second half. So even with ten men we did not have too much difficulty eliminating Bournemouth from the FA Cup.

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Wanyama played brilliantly. Forster and Kongolo were also important again.

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Meanwhile, we are trying to sign some extra players for considerably less than a million pounds. Aday seems to be a reasonable option.

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Saints' luck continues

Four days later, on Wednesday 8th January we played Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Aday has not joined us yet because of work permit issues.

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Because Van Beek is now banned and Van Dijk is still injured we had Soares start as right defender and Bender as central defender. The only defender on the bench was Bertrand!

But our winning streak continues - with some luck. Sturridge scored with a fierce shot and McCann came close to equalising but the ball hit the woodwork and went over. It could easily have been the other way around of course!

We started the second half with Bertrand for Kongolo, who had received his ninth yellow card of the season. We were the better team but there were no more goals. So we brought on some fresh legs. Rodríguez and Tadic for Sánchez and Lallana.

But it still almost went wrong in the 80th minute when Woodford volleyed from long range and hit the post!! And when we had survived that scary moment, the very next minute Goretzka made a dangerous, two-footed challenge on Gardner, but the referee turned down the penalty appeal!

Götze finally did score our second goal well into stoppage time. But it could have ended quite differently today!

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A good performance by our lads who seem to be settling down slowly after all of the upheaval earlier this month. Clasie was named Man-of-the-Match.

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Chelsea keep winning, but there is still the seven-point gap!

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Kingsley
10-05-16, 07:22 AM
Just keep on winning. Nothing that anyone can do as long as you keep winning

Aday should provide decent cover for the red cards your central defenders are picking up. Has he got enough caps to get that work permit ?

samsami
10-05-16, 08:12 AM
Just keep on winning. Nothing that anyone can do as long as you keep winning

Aday should provide decent cover for the red cards your central defenders are picking up. Has he got enough caps to get that work permit ?

I'll have to look into that later. We are also trying to sign several other cheap players to bring the total number of quad players up to 33 or higher.

Mark
10-05-16, 08:47 AM
I tend to filter the shortlist by EU nationals to avoid work permit issues nowadays, there's just not enough time in the transfer window to wait around for one to be granted.

Two great wins there, keep it going :ok:

Redknapp69
10-05-16, 10:45 AM
if you scout him then you'll find out if he can get a WP or not


Some may say that if you won a triphy by now then attendances would be up and more Ł's to spend.........


Really good win in cup with 10 men for 70 mins and profeessional league win

samsami
10-05-16, 11:56 AM
if you scout him then you'll find out if he can get a WP or not
Some may say that if you won a trophy by now then attendances would be up and more Ł's to spend.........
Really good win in cup with 10 men for 70 mins and professional league win

If we had won one or more trophies attendance might be higher, too, perhaps?
It's obviously much harder with Saints than with Spurs!

Včrkűh
10-05-16, 07:06 PM
Even with all those red cards, that defensive record of yours is very, very frightening indeed!

samsami
11-05-16, 06:56 AM
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Saints held to goalless draw by Everton

On Monday 13th January we played Everton in front of a crowd of 42,628 and after seven consecutive Premier League wins this game ended in a disappointing stalemate.

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It was not a bad game at all. We played well enough as a team, but for once we did not score. Nor did we create many real scoring chances. Everton had a couple more shots on goal, but they never came close to scoring either.

It was just a bad day at the office and it was bound to happen after our long and impressive string of wins. At least, that what we told the lads. The real problem may be that they are in a complaining mood, but it would not be good to be too critical now. That might only make things worse.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to win their games. This time they beat Derby County (1-0).


Hull also frustrate Saints in 0-0 draw

On Saturday 18th January we played Hull at the Kingston Communications Stadium, still without Van Beek (suspended) and without Van Dijk (injured).

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This time we played more aggressively than we did against Everton and we created plenty of scoring chances, but we were very unlucky. Sturridge, Lallana and Sánchez had several shots on goal but they simply failed to find the net.

In the end Sturridge did score a great goal, only it was ruled out because Götze was in an offside position.

And so we dropped another two points and it doesn't help when so many players are already unhappy to start with!

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Chelsea's winning run continues as they defeated Crystal Palace (1-3) at Selhurst Park so in six days time the gap has been reduced to just just three points!

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Meanwhile our scouts have been extremely busy and this past week we managed to sign no less than nine players, with Wallenburg being by far the most talented of the lot.

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But even so eight of our more prominent squad players remain unhappy and keep saying that they believe that the club needs more squad depth! They want more world class players and the Board say that they don't have the money even though they spent millions on stadium expansion while we still have 12,000 to 20,000 empty seats every time we play a home match!

kuy
11-05-16, 08:15 AM
Ouch, tough couple of matches - played well at Hull but the performance was somewhat lacklustre against Everton. At least your defence kept the opposition at bay, even without Van Beek and Van Dijk!

Good job bringing in some more players, surprised the squad are still unhappy - how many players do you have for each position now? How many in total?

Redknapp69
11-05-16, 08:22 AM
Couple of bore draws but at least pints were picked up. Need to get back in the winning horse before Chelsea catch you.

A real nail in Man U coffin can be made soon otherwise they could slowly come back into it

Surprised squad still unhappy :frusty:

Fourfourtwo
11-05-16, 09:14 AM
Couple of bore draws but at least pints were picked up

That might be the problem :o)

Mark
11-05-16, 09:19 AM
Pints :lol:

Could be a massive 4 points dropped there which will be a blow to the title challenge. Here's hoping you get back to winning ways ASAP.

How many players do you actually have now despite those 9 signings?

Kingsley
11-05-16, 09:45 AM
Be patient. The unhappy players will come round, it isn't instantaneous.

That Chelsea run is slightly ominous. Need to get a few wins on the board to keep them at bay, and hope that they drop points soon. I don't see United, City, Arsenal or Liverpool being a problem, or if they are, Chelsea will be well ahead of you.

samsami
11-05-16, 10:16 AM
Be patient. The unhappy players will come round, it isn't instantaneous.
That Chelsea run is slightly ominous. Need to get a few wins on the board to keep them at bay, and hope that they drop points soon. I don't see United, City, Arsenal or Liverpool being a problem, or if they are, Chelsea will be well ahead of you.

Tell me about it! Chelsea's runs have been especially ominous these past two seasons!


Even with all those red cards, that defensive record of yours is very, very frightening indeed!

It still is, I guess :)


Ouch, tough couple of matches - played well at Hull but the performance was somewhat lacklustre against Everton. At least your defence kept the opposition at bay, even without Van Beek and Van Dijk!

Good job bringing in some more players, surprised the squad are still unhappy - how many players do you have for each position now? How many in total?

We now have 40 players in total with at least two players for every position.

samsami
12-05-16, 07:06 AM
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Saints advance in FA Cup

On Saturday 25th January we played Derby County in the FA Cup 4th Round in front of a crowd of only 32,721. And we scored goals again!

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It's depressing to see more than 20,000 empty seats and the Board are to be blamed for that! But at least our lads seemed more motivated this time. Sánchez almost scored a very early goal, only Szczesny did well to parry the ball. However, he had no chance when Götze headed the ball at goal after a great pass by Goretzka!

We played more relaxed now and it took a while after that opener, but in the second half Sturridge found the back of the net with a lovely strike and ten minutes later Götze struck the ball with fury and scored his second goal of the day!

We brought on some fresh legs next, including Baggio Wallenburg who did well enough replacing Lallana as right winger, but there were no more goals as the game just petered out.

But hopefully this comfortable win will help our players stay focussed in the title race and start winning League games again.

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A solid, much-needed win, especially as we shall have to play Derby City again next Saturday! We know how to defeat them now (or, perhaps they know better how to stop us from scoring now?)

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We shall be playing two relatively easy home matches next and we really need to win both of those, because we have some very tough games coming up after that! Dropping further points in those easier games would be detrimental for our title chances!

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Kingsley
12-05-16, 07:29 AM
Much better. Some of the 20,000 missing will have been expecting another 0-0 bore draw.
How are Rovers doing these days ?

samsami
12-05-16, 08:02 AM
Much better. Some of the 20,000 missing will have been expecting another 0-0 bore draw.
How are Rovers doing these days ?

Ha! So they may now all show up on Saturday when we play Derby in the League, right?

Blackburn Rovers are 4th in Division Two.

Mark
12-05-16, 09:27 AM
Job done, easy. Need wins in the EPL now though.

samsami
12-05-16, 01:54 PM
Job done, easy. Need wins in the EPL now though.

And, in addition, we need Chelsea to drop some points! We still have to play them at Stamford Bridge.

Kingsley
12-05-16, 02:01 PM
A draw at The Bridge and win all the other games .... Job done .... Simples !

samsami
12-05-16, 04:13 PM
A draw at The Bridge and win all the other games .... Job done .... Simples !

You should have told me that two years ago!!

Redknapp69
12-05-16, 04:17 PM
Easily swept aside :clap:

samsami
13-05-16, 08:15 AM
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Saints defeat Derby again

On Saturday 1st February we played Derby City again, this time in front of a crowd of 41,088. It was good to have so many more fans than last week, but even so it wasn't all that easy to beat them this time.

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And it wasn't as if we did not succeed in create scoring chances. In fact, the match stats were even more in our favour than last week. But scoring goals was the problem for us again.

At half time we barely deserved a goal yet, and we knew that something had to happen quickly or this would become our third consecutive goalless draw in the Premier League. And we could hardly afford that.

In the second half we played great football, but with 75 minutes on the clock there were still no goals! So in a desperate attempt to try and change things around we brought on two fresh wingers: 20-year-old Baggio Wallenburg for Lallana and Rodríguez for a tired Alexis Sánchez.

And with five minutes remaining we finally found the net! It started with Goretzka who tried an in-swinging corner; Abdennour won the aerial challenge against Roberge and headed the ball at goal. Szczesny saved and deflected the ball clear, but it was Mario Götze who was first to the rebound, tried his luck and scored!!

The goal was bound to come perhaps, but it surely had taken its time and St.Mary's erupted when it finally did come!

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We should have scored more goals of course, but then again it's another clean sheet for us so the one goal sufficed. And that's football!

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Now because Chelsea beat Sheffield Wednesday nothing much changed at the top of the table, although Liverpool is actually in third place now, thanks largely to their new young striker, Davie Selke!

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Chelsea's winning run continues

On Wednesday evening Chelsea defeated Hull City as they continued their impressive winning streak.

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It is obviously a two-horse race now and many pundits are already expecting another photo-finish, just like last year and the year before!

It's bad for one's nerves!

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Saints beat Cardiff, Chelsea defeat Everton

On Saturday 8th February we played Cardiff City in front of a crowd of 41,063.

Alexis Sánchez is out for about ten days with a twisted knee so Rodríguez replaced him as left winger. Also, Bertrand replaced Abdennour who is away on international duty.

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Sturridge scored with a fine header and Götze doubled our lead with a fierce shot in the top corner and so the game was quickly decided. It seems we might be back on track again!

In the second half Rodríguez first scored a goal that was disallowed, but the next time he found the net it was a valid goal and so we made a triple substitution to give some of our subs game time, but there were no more goals.

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Another good team performance and another comfortable win. We only needed few chances to score our three goals this time.

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Our next few fixtures will be very interesting. There will be no Premier League games for a couple of weeks, but we will play FC Barcelona twice!

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Redknapp69
13-05-16, 08:21 AM
Phew - nearly superkeepered v Derby!

When do you play Chelsea next?

Mark
13-05-16, 08:56 AM
Two good wins, two clean sheets. Just what the doctor ordered!

Still high up in the goals table for the league to be fair, so not doing too badly there.

Good luck against Barca!

samsami
13-05-16, 09:14 AM
Phew - nearly superkeepered v Derby!
When do you play Chelsea next?

Not until mid-April. And yes, we sure make those goalkeepers perform!


Two good wins, two clean sheets. Just what the doctor ordered!
Still high up in the goals table for the league to be fair, so not doing too badly there.
Good luck against Barca!

Not too worried about Barcelona. As long as we qualify as #2 in the group. Bit worried about Chelsea, though.
They're a pain in the neck (among other places)

kuy
13-05-16, 11:00 AM
Good to get a big win against Cardiff and go back above Chelsea on goal difference (with a game in hand) - being top could be a psychological boost!

Kingsley
13-05-16, 12:47 PM
Squeeky bum time

Damn those pesky Chelsea

samsami
13-05-16, 02:09 PM
When do you play Chelsea next?

Our fixtures at the end of the season:

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Kingsley
13-05-16, 03:14 PM
Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool all away ! That is one hell of a run in.

Včrkűh
13-05-16, 03:41 PM
I just can't stop thinking about the parents who named their kid (after) Baggio!

samsami
13-05-16, 04:10 PM
Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool all away ! That is one hell of a run in.

That's why we need the gap between us and Chelsea. We have had a relatively easy schedule so far.
But the gap has been narrowed already :(

Fourfourtwo
13-05-16, 04:19 PM
But the gap has been narrowed already :(

Are you feeling the urge to tinker? Change the formation? Try out some of those bargain-basement signings?

samsami
13-05-16, 05:14 PM
Are you feeling the urge to tinker? Change the formation? Try out some of those bargain-basement signings?

Not yet. The point is that Chelsea is on fire while we had two goalless draws. These past two seasons Chelsea also had some very long winning runs that gave them the title. But it's still too early to panic. Let's see how we fare against Barcelona first.

The only urge I feel is to crush Chelsea this year :)

samsami
14-05-16, 08:08 AM
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FC Barcelona reign supreme at Camp Nou

On Tuesday 11th February we played FC Barcelona at Nou Camp in front of an intimidating crowd of 97,976 who expected none less than a victory of their heroes. And they got what they wanted.

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We never had a chance as 35-year-old Iniesta and 33-year-old Mandzukic made perfectly clear in the first half.

And even when Bertrand succeeded in finding the net for us deep into the second half, that goal never made FC Barcelona feel threatened in any way. It was Mandzukic again who finished the job with a great header and that was it. FC Barcelona made it perfectly clear who deserves to be the group winner.

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A hopeless mission. Only three or four of our lads played at their normal level. One can only hope for a better result at St.Mary's now.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool are playing better than ever. They obviously made the right choice when they sold Sturridge to us and then went on to sign Davie Selke!

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Saints to FA Cup Quarter Finals

On Saturday 15th February we played 2nd Division club Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup 5th Round. A nice chance to recover from our trip to Spain.

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We gave quite a few of our players rest and it was good to have Mitrovic play as striker - and score again!

And just four minutes after Mitrovic' opener Mario Götze, who was afterwards named Man-of-the-Match, doubled the score already.

In the second half Tadic also found the net for us and so we had little difficulty to qualify for the Quarter Finals.

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The bad news is that Kongolo has picked up his tenth red card and will now be banned for two English matches.

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Chelsea had already been eliminated from the FA Cup by Hull City in the third round. However, we shall have to play Liverpool at Anfield next. A very unlucky draw!

But first there's a real test for us as FC Barcelona will visit St.Mary's on Wednesday! And after that it will be Leicester and Huddersfield; and both of those games we shall have to play without Kongolo.

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Redknapp69
14-05-16, 10:21 AM
Selke is a beast

Barca dicked on you (where is Messi?) but you should qualify anyway

How the heck did Blackburn keeper get '8' when he let in 3 shots from 4 on target?!

samsami
14-05-16, 10:55 AM
Selke is a beast
Barca dicked on you (where is Messi?) but you should qualify anyway
How the heck did Blackburn keeper get '8' when he let in 3 shots from 4 on target?!

1. We should have bought Selke and not Sturridge. Sigh.
2. Messi plays for Marseille these days. He's still superb.
3. You should have seen that one shot on goal that he saved! Just for that you would want to sign him!

Mark
14-05-16, 11:35 AM
Shame about that Barca result, no need to get down about it though. Clearly just a class above everyone else.

Good win in the FA Cup.

Maybe Selkie should have been your target instead of Sturridge, looks like he's doing very well!

ebfatz
14-05-16, 02:26 PM
I can't add anything further than Kingsley did a few posts back.

Certainly squeaky bum time.

samsami
14-05-16, 02:35 PM
I can't add anything further than Kingsley did a few posts back.
Certainly squeaky bum time.

It is indeed. Not many more slip ups allowed. But the same goes for Chelsea of course.

samsami
15-05-16, 08:39 AM
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Saints grab spectacular late win over Barcelona

On Wednesday 19th February we played FC Barcelona in front of a crowd of 35,678 - as if our fans no longer had any faith in us! But the ones that showed up never regretted it!

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Abdennour is still on international duty, but everyone else was available for this match. And what a match it was!

We had a bit of a rough start though, especially the first twenty minutes as FC Barcelona attacked and we were unable to withstand the pressure. Bertrand, who replaced Abdennour, picked up an early yellow card for upending Neymar and Goretzka also received a yellow card when he tackled Montoya and knocked him to the ground. And three minutes later Mandzukic scored the opener with a fierce shot!

Clasie was next to receive a yellow card and things looked very bleak now. Barcelona was content with the score and we seemed utterly unable to do anything about it - until stoppage time!

First Lallana bent the ball towards the goal from long range, but Ter Stegen did well to save and hold the ball. Then Sánchez advanced on Ter Stegen and swivelled on the ball before putting a low cross into the near post where Götze was ready to pick up the ball and apply the finish!!

The crowd was elated, but there were 45 long minutes remaining so in the second half we brought on Wanyama for Clasie, but immediately Barcelona created another huge scoring chance. Neymar had gotten free in the penalty area and he tried a volley; Forster could not gather the ball clearly so Neymar went for the follow up, but Forster reacted with a superb reflex and managed to fist the ball away!

It seemed that Barcelona was happy with a draw now and with 68 minutes on the clock we brought on Rodríguez for Goretzka and Soares for Bertrand, hoping that with some fresh legs we would be able to keep Barcelona to a 1-1 draw. But then Montoya lobbed the ball forward and Piqué squared it from the left for Rakitic who was left unmarked and scored, only it was ruled out because Suárez had strayed into an offside position!

And so we were hoping to hold on to a point when Kongolo took control of the loose ball and found Alexis Sánchez with a long pass. And Sánchez never hesitated but hit a first-time strike into the bottom corner and found the back of the net!! What superb timing and what a stunning goal!!

And when the final whistle sounded and St.Mary's erupted in joy it almost sounded as if we actually had a crowd of 54,000 tonight!

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Sánchez, Götze and Van Beek were absolutely superb! Kongolo and Sturridge allso played brilliantly. We have given our fans what they hoped for and then some!

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What a game! And what a chance to qualify for the Quarter Finals now as Barcelona will be playing Internazionale next...

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Redknapp69
15-05-16, 10:57 AM
Great win which will give confidence you can conque in Europe!

Mark
15-05-16, 12:00 PM
Nice win, puts you in a good position for the knockout stages.

ebfatz
15-05-16, 03:16 PM
All but qualified for both you and Barce now.
Win the next one and players can be rested for Matchday 6.

That could stand you in good stead for the league.

kuy
15-05-16, 07:15 PM
Great win, and Barca didn't even play badly! Shows you can beat anyone on your day!

samsami
16-05-16, 07:14 AM
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Saints defeat Leicester, Chelsea lose to Arsenal

On Sunday 23rd February we played Leicester City at the King Power Stadium while Chelsea played Arsenal at the Emirates.

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Only Kongolo was unavailable for this match that we knew we simply had to win. The first chances were for Leicester though. Jones hit the ball high and hard towards the goal, but it came back off the crossbar! And Cabaye shot on the volley, but it hit the side-netting.

At half-time there were still no goals and very few decent chances, but the second half was a totally different story!

The first chance was for Sánchez, but Nichols did fantastically to save and hold the ball. And then Clasie had his moment. And he actually scored twice within five minutes! The first one with a lovely volley and the second one with a fierce right-footed shot from just outside the box.

But then Sturridge picked up a knock and he had to go off. Mitrovic replaced him and the game petered out now until Cabaye tried that volley and scored a late consolation goal. There were actually ten minutes remaining but we never gave them another chance.

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A well-deserved win after a difficult first half. But the three points were in the bag and what's more, Chelsea lost to Arsenal!

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The only bad thing today is that Sturridge will be out for about two weeks with strained knee ligaments.


Narrow victory against Huddersfield

On Saturday 29th February we played Huddersfield in front of a crowd of 38,968.

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Bertrand and Kongolo are both banned and Sturridge is injured. Sánchez replaced him as striker.

But if our fans had expected an easy afternoon they were much mistaken. In fact, at half-time Huddersfield was leading 1-0 after Zárate had scored an excellent goal and if truth be told they deserved it, too.

It wasn't until deep into the second half that we managed to finally turn things around. Götze, who was playing brilliantly again, scored the equaliser after a long forward run. And ten minutes later he provided the assist for Alexis Sánchez, who scored the deciding goal!

Based on the second half we deserved to win, but we realise very well that it could easily have gone very wrong today!

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A hard-fought victory with Götze showing our lads the way when they were struggling.

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We very much needed this win! There is a bit of a gap again now between us and Chelsea, but we shall have to play Arsenal and Man Utd next and both of these are away games!

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kuy
16-05-16, 09:18 AM
A few big games coming up now! I love Gotze on this game, he always seems to play well

samsami
16-05-16, 09:31 AM
A few big games coming up now! I love Gotze on this game, he always seems to play well

Yes, Götze is our most valuable player. And even though he is an AM RLC he does best as MC alongside Goretzka (M RLC).

Mark
16-05-16, 09:40 AM
Next two league games are going to be crucial! Get 4 points, max!

samsami
16-05-16, 02:04 PM
Next two league games are going to be crucial! Get 4 points, max!

I doubt that's possible. But we shall see. First it's Wolfsburg, Liverpool (in the FA Cup) and Inter though.

Fourfourtwo
16-05-16, 05:43 PM
I'm going to go out there and say you won't lose any of the next five. You've been hard to beat all season... and Chelsea are bound to drop some points too...

ebfatz
16-05-16, 07:42 PM
Bold from fourfourtwo.

Once you win the first of the CL games, you know you can rest players ahead of the Arsenal game.
Win that and you'll win the next one as well!

Redknapp69
16-05-16, 10:13 PM
Great stuff there on the 2 league games

A tough set of fixtures coming up and a I predict some dropped point v Man U and Arsenal - Still think you'll have enough this year though :ok:

samsami
17-05-16, 06:58 AM
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Lacklustre Saints lose but qualify for Quarter Finals

On Tuesday 3rd March we played Vfl Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena in a match that was of little relevance to Wolfsburg while all we really needed was a draw in case Inter would defeat Barcelona. Mitrovic replaced the injured Daniel Sturridge.

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Our lads were much aware of the fact that they had already all but qualified for the Champions League Quarter Finals and when Guilherme was sent off in Milan and Neymar scored an early goal for Barcelona it was obvious that nothing could go wrong anymore, no matter what the result of our own match would be.

And that knowledge probably effected our lads a little more than it should have. In the second half they apparently thought that they could get away with stalemate here without too much effort, but a late goal by Lucas Silva meant that we had to leave the Volkswagen Arena empty-handed, albeit that we had qualified for the Quarter Finals owing to the result in Milan where Barcelona outplayed their opponents.

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Not a result to be proud of, but we have qualified for the Quarter Finals and ultimately that is what matters.

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After the match Götze and Sánchez came and apologised on behalf of the team and they promised to avenge themselves when we play Liverpool in the FA Cup next.

At least we can now fully focus on that match and give some of our players rest against Inter before we have to play our next two crucial Premier League matches, away to Arsenal and Manchester United.

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Kingsley
17-05-16, 08:24 AM
Just caught up and congratulations on that Barca result. That made a huge difference to your qualification, and now that you can rest some players for the Inter game, it could have knock on bonuses. 2 big league wins too. Absolutely crucial to keep your nose in front of Chelsea.

What are your thoughts ? Do you have the squad to battle on 3 fronts ? I guess that the league is the priority, so will you be prioritising between the FA Cup and Champion's League ?

Redknapp69
17-05-16, 09:56 AM
Job was already done regarding qualficiation really so no great loss and no injuries

ebfatz
17-05-16, 10:25 AM
Any trophy is the priority Kingsley. Anything will do.

samsami
17-05-16, 11:13 AM
Job was already done regarding qualficiation really so no great loss and no injuries

No injuries is important indeed!


What are your thoughts ? Do you have the squad to battle on 3 fronts ? I guess that the league is the priority, so will you be prioritising between the FA Cup and Champion's League ?

The League is the priority. But after four years without any trophies it would be nice to win two of them in this fifth and final year!

And do we have the squad for it? That's a tough question to answer!

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Any trophy is the priority Kingsley. Anything will do.

At this stage, yes :)

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ZanSnake
17-05-16, 07:13 PM
Always the runner-up, never the winner :tsk:

samsami
18-05-16, 07:20 AM
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Saints recover and defeat Liverpool

On Saturday 7th March we played Liverpool in the FA Cup Quarter Final at Anfield and the team avenged themselves for their lacklustre performance in Wolfsburg, just as Götze and Sánchez had promised they would.

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Not that it was an easy game. Liverpool have a great squad and a very effective striker who has already scored 21 goals in 31 matches. But it was Alexis Sánchez himself who picked up the loose ball and hit a fierce shot and scored the opener!

Six minutes later that opener was already cancelled out by ex-Ajax defender Lartey Sanniez and although we were the slightly better team, there were no more goals - until stoppage time, when Lallana was brought down by Bauman in the area and the referee pointed at the spot for a penalty!!

And of course, it was Alexis Sánchez who stepped up and sent Bauman the wrong way to score the penalty!!

Liverpool did what they could in the second half, but we defended well and there were no more goals. Mason came close when he shot with a bicycle kick, but he put the ball just over the bar. And in fact, if Sánchez had been more lucky he would have completed his hat-trick, but Bauman frustrated him twice.

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A wonderful team effort thanks to Götze's influence and a very important victory, especially since elsewhere Man Utd were eliminated by Leeds which leaves us as the favourites for the trophy according to the majority of football pundits.

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We will meet Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Anfield (!) while West Brom will be playing Leeds United.

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Things are looking good now. We can rest some players in our final group match with Internazionale so that they will be fully rested when we play the first of two extremely important Premier League matches!

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Fourfourtwo
18-05-16, 08:45 AM
Excellent result - and a good solid team performance. Plenty of time to get ready for those two big league games now...

ebfatz
18-05-16, 09:30 AM
Didn't notice the 11 day gap between the two league games previously.
That'll certainly help you out.

Should be 100% teams for both.

samsami
18-05-16, 09:35 AM
Didn't notice the 11 day gap between the two league games previously.
That'll certainly help you out.
Should be 100% teams for both.

The gap didn't use to be there. The games were originally scheduled for the 14th and 18th. But it's certainly nice to have the gap now!


Excellent result - and a good solid team performance. Plenty of time to get ready for those two big league games now...

Yes, although we have to play Inter first. They don't appear on the fixtures list. My mistake.

Redknapp69
18-05-16, 11:19 AM
Lucky result against the mighty Liverpool :)

Ressies v Inter then 2 huge games

Kingsley
18-05-16, 12:15 PM
Great result, but typical that you draw Spurs and not one of the easier sides. This could well be your cup final.

samsami
18-05-16, 12:22 PM
Great result, but typical that you draw Spurs and not one of the easier sides. This could well be your cup final.

Yes, that could be true, but last year we lost the League Cup final to Reading (https://champman0102.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7619&p=289310#post289310)!

Kingsley
18-05-16, 12:41 PM
True, but I suspect that the semi final could be a harder test than the final, which is what I was trying to say.

samsami
19-05-16, 07:48 AM
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Saints win final CL-Group match

On Wednesday 11th March we won our final Champions League Group match against Internazionale.

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The game no longer mattered so we gave quite a few of our key players rest, but that did not stop Mario Götze from giving a more than marvellous performance!

And Tadic also found the net as we beat Inter 4-2 in front of a crowd of 35,693.

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Obviuously Götze was named Man-of-the-Match but everyone actually did exceptionally well and the crowd fully appreciated it!

We are still in the race for the Premier League title, the FA Cup and the Champions League, which is wonderful, but of course we've been here before and it has never resulted in a singly trophy yet. And both players and fans are very much aware of this.

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Meanwhile, in the other Champions League groups both Chelsea and Everton were eliminated. Could this finally be our season? Could we finally rise above Chelsea?

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http://s6.postimg.cc/odkhlgle9/Chelsea_Group.png (http://postimage.org/)

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And as it turned out, in the Champions League Quarter Final we were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain! The only team that managed to remain undefeated in the Group Phase!

And remarkably, the four Spanish teams will all be playing each other.

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Saints suffer injury blow

We suffered a huge blow with the news that Mario Götze will miss at least the next three matches. Götze limped off the training field with a calf injury today!

http://s6.postimg.cc/m40yog1u9/Gotze_injury.png (http://postimage.org/)

Ironically, we had just celebrated Götze's tenth Man-of-the-Match award, which was a new club record! In fact, Götze may well be the most valuable Saints player ever.

So just as we are about to enter the final stages of the Premier League season our captain will be unavailable when we play Arsenal at the Emirates and Man Utd at Old Trafford - and probably even longer...

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Rodríguez will replace Götze when we need an attacking player; otherwise Wanyama can fill in for him.

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Kingsley
19-05-16, 10:15 AM
Ouch. losing Gotze at such a crucial time is going to hurt you. PSG (home first leg) is also a tough one. They have usually spent big and have some mega stars in their squad. Looking at the other ties, there were no easy games in there. A clean sheet in the firstleg might be very important.

samsami
19-05-16, 11:07 AM
Ouch. losing Gotze at such a crucial time is going to hurt you. PSG (home first leg) is also a tough one. They have usually spent big and have some mega stars in their squad. Looking at the other ties, there were no easy games in there. A clean sheet in the firstleg might be very important.

Yes, PSG have bought the likes of Higuaín, Turan, Alcácer, Otamendi, Kompany and Cristiano Ronaldo :)

kuy
19-05-16, 10:41 PM
The FA Cup looks like it's opening up for you - my prediction is that you'll beat Spurs but lose in the final though...

Missing Gotze will be a big blow but Wanyama and Rodriguez are decent deputies at least

Redknapp69
19-05-16, 11:12 PM
Gotze captain?!

Chelsea out of CL could be bad news as they can concentrate on league

I feel you may drop points in next 2 league games. Tough fixtures

samsami
20-05-16, 08:11 AM
Gotze captain?!
Chelsea out of CL could be bad news as they can concentrate on league
I feel you may drop points in next 2 league games. Tough fixtures

Götze is well-respected by the other players and has lots of influence on them. And he's no longer so young as you might think. He's already 27.

samsami
20-05-16, 08:13 AM
The FA Cup looks like it's opening up for you - my prediction is that you'll beat Spurs but lose in the final though...

That would be just like us!

samsami
20-05-16, 08:21 AM
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Saints lose at the Emirates

On Saturday 14th March we played Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, without our injured captain. Now one pundit had already predicted that losing Götze at such a crucial time was going to hurt us and he turned out to be absolutely right!

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It started well enough for us. Rodríguez replaced Götze as we did not want to start out with a defensive formation and it actually seemed to work brilliantly. It certainly took Arsenal by surprise when Alexis Sánchez scored the early opener with the perfect assist coming from Bender.

But Cazoria equalised with a fine strike and soon after that Fortune hit the ball in low and scored to give Arsenal the lead and so within twenty minutes the tables had turned completely!

Arsenal was the better team in the second half as well. None of our players reached their normal form and without Mario Götze we just do not have a leader with the right qualities to take charge and change things around against an opponent like Arsenal. And certainly not without the support of the crowd.

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A disappointing performance. We miss our captain, whose leadership has helped us so often in difficult games in the past.

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But it's not all bad news. As we had already hoped, Chelsea also dropped points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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So in fact the gap has barely narrowed, but we shall have to play Man Utd at Old Trafford next!

And of course we still have to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a few weeks time!

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Kingsley
20-05-16, 08:39 AM
Not too much damage done there. That game in hand is going to be crucial. Identical goal difference too.
An ugly win at Old Trafford is what we need.

samsami
20-05-16, 10:07 AM
Not too much damage done there. That game in hand is going to be crucial. Identical goal difference too. An ugly win at Old Trafford is what we need.

That means we'll have to do better than Chelsea just did at Old Trafford. And then we can afford to lose at Stamford Bridge I guess. We almost always lose there!

Kingsley
20-05-16, 10:16 AM
That means we'll have to do better than Chelsea just did at Old Trafford. And then we can afford to lose at Stamford Bridge I guess. We almost always lose there!

You ARE better than Chelsea. Just tell your lads that.

Mark
20-05-16, 11:14 AM
Just caught up again. I had a bad feeling once Gotze was ruled out for the next 3 games, gutting to lose at Arsenal. Would have been nice to nick a point there. At least you have that game in hand but you must beat Man Utd now.

Redknapp69
20-05-16, 11:26 PM
Thought you would drop points

Got lucky with Chelsea though so not too bad

Can see Man U getting a lucky draw against you next game

You're still good enough to win this league tho :ok:

samsami
21-05-16, 08:30 AM
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Saints victorious at Old Trafford

On Wednesday 25th March we played Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Rodríguez replacing the injured Mario Götze again. And with Goretzka filling in as captain this time, rather than Clasie. And with Alexis Sánchez on fire!

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It was not for the first time that we managed to score a very early opener. And once again it was Alexis Sánchez who was left unmarked for a moment and hit a speculative effort and scored the opener! Sánchez had already found the net in the previous two games he had played; in fact, he even scored twice against Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi-Final. Sánchez is absolutely on fire now!

And it did not stop there. After half an hour Sánchez managed to evade the challenge of Darmian and he advanced on De Gea and scored from close range! So suddenly we were two goals up! Who would have thought that possible after Sunday's performance at the Emirates!?!

We brought on Soares for Bender and Van Dijk for Kongolo and used a less attacking style in the second half, but Van Dijk did play too well and that caused problems later. Nevertheless, we seemed to have little cause to worry, especially after Sturridge had blasted the ball towards the top corner and scored a third goal for us!!

And so seemed to be heading for a remarkably easy victory when, late into the match Clasie tackled Darmian and the referee made the dubious decision to point at the spot! Our players protested furiously, but to no avail, and it was Darmian himself who stepped up and scored the penalty.

And four minutes later Depay put a sublime through ball into the area for the run of Schneiderlin who struck the ball with fury and it went in off the bar! Suddenly the game was slipping from our grasp!!

With eight minutes remaining we brought on Tadic for Lallana and luckily we recovered just in time! Even though Man Utd scored twice we stuck to our game and when the final whistle was blown we could add three extremely important points to our tally!!

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Goretzka was great as captain and Sánchez scored his fourth and fifth goal in three consecutive matches!

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http://s6.postimg.cc/vdzszmdw1/Man_R.png (http://postimage.org/)

An incredibly important win at this stage of the Premier League! The gap has widened and we shall need that with the upcoming fixtures.

The week after we play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge we have to play Liverpool at Anfield. And of course there are the Champions League games and the FA Cup Semi-Final that we have to play in between!

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Redknapp69
21-05-16, 09:21 AM
Don't lose at Chelsea and the league is yours

Big away win that!

Arsenal seem hit on miss by winning and losing :lol:

samsami
21-05-16, 11:06 AM
Don't lose at Chelsea and the league is yours

You're forgetting your Liverpool! We have to play them at Anfield.

Mark
21-05-16, 11:38 AM
Fantastic win although those 2 late goals were worrying! The result is all that matters though. A massive stage of the season coming up now, I'm predicting 4 wins in those 6 matches but which two games will you fall short?

samsami
21-05-16, 12:52 PM
Fantastic win although those 2 late goals were worrying! The result is all that matters though. A massive stage of the season coming up now, I'm predicting 4 wins in those 6 matches but which two games will you fall short?

4 wins? I wouldn't bet on it. Besides, I've run out of vCash.

But we could also easily lose them all, except the first one.

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CMCZ
21-05-16, 01:24 PM
3-0
1-0
2-1
1-0
0-0
2-0

My prediction. Despite you're a Feyenoorder and have too many Feyenoorders in your team, I think you will become the champion :) You can do it! Go Saints!

samsami
21-05-16, 06:03 PM
Despite you're a Feyenoorder and have too many Feyenoorders in your team, I think you will become the champion :) You can do it! Go Saints!

Funny boy :)

Actually, Clasie, Van Beek and Kongolo are doing reasonably well...

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CMCZ
21-05-16, 07:04 PM
yes, yes...but no champions yet... ;)

samsami
22-05-16, 07:23 AM
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Saints suffer shocking loss to Middlesbrough at home

On Sunday 29th March we played Middlesbrough who came out and stunned the crowd of 40,217 who had expected a walkover but ended up being bitterly disappointed.

http://s6.postimg.cc/f8qvt28k1/results.png (http://postimage.org/)

So how could this go so horribly wrong?

It wasn't because we took too many risks. In fact, we had Wanyama replace Götze, not because we wanted to play more defensively but because Rodríguez has not been performing well lately.

And Middlesbrough started very cautiously - until Hunt got the ball. For some reason nobody tried to stop him so Hunt just kept going until he got into the penalty area. He then shot hard and low and although Forster did well to turn the ball away, our goalkeeper had no chance when Hunt struck the ball in the rebound and scored!

The crowd was silenced, but it only got worse! Barely four minutes later McCann gathered up the loose ball and continued into the box. And again our defenders hesitated. So McCann hit a shot on his right foot and to our horror he scored the second goal for Middlesbrough!

That was the very last thing any of us had expected. And although Alexis Sánchez soon found the net with a marvellous volley, we somehow never seemed to recover. It seemed as if we lacked confidence and there were no more goals.

We tried with Tadic for Sturridge and with Sánchez as striker, but that did not help. We brought on Ward-Prowse and Rodríguez to try and change things around, but that also did not produce the desired result.

Clasie curled the ball in at goal, but Heaton turned it away. Rodríguez blasted the ball towards the top corner, but Heaton did brilliantly to save and deflect the ball clear. Sánchez, Wanyama and Ward-Prowse all had shots on goal, but they too failed to find the net.

And so we dropped three precious points at home to Middlesbrough after we had just beaten Man Utd at Old Trafford; against all predictions. But that is also football...

http://s6.postimg.cc/6g9x5dnf5/Midd.png (http://postimage.org/)

We can't blame Sánchez, that much should be clear. Sánchez keeps scoring goals. But this is a horrible result.

http://s6.postimg.cc/tvruaq769/Midd_S.png (http://postimage.org/)

http://s6.postimg.cc/t7izrs8gh/Midd_R.png (http://postimage.org/)

And of course Chelsea defeated Huddersfield (4-2) so that the gap between us and them has considerably narrowed again!

http://s6.postimg.cc/md8p23ftd/Table31.png (http://postimage.org/)

And while Chelsea will be playing Newcastle at St.James' Park, we have to play Tottenham in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Anfield next weekend.

Redknapp69
22-05-16, 07:40 AM
Hammer blow - but hopefully just a blip that the players were maybe too casual at the start of the game

Goal difference looking close between you and Chelsea - one to keep an eye on in closing stages

Fourfourtwo
22-05-16, 08:54 AM
Man, that is a poor looking 'borough side too... form getting patchy at a key time. Still in the driving seat though, and maybe Chelsea will drop points.

samsami
22-05-16, 12:49 PM
Man, that is a poor looking 'borough side too... form getting patchy at a key time. Still in the driving seat though, and maybe Chelsea will drop points.

That's what I'm hoping for. We peaked too early in the season, because we had so many relatively easy opponents. Now we get all the tough games!

Mark
22-05-16, 05:47 PM
:eek: That's a shocker. It wasn't one of the two I had called as a defeat!

Kingsley
23-05-16, 07:52 AM
Didn't see that coming. All the good work at Old Trafford undone. Need to get some results now

samsami
23-05-16, 08:04 AM
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Another hammer blow for Saints

On Sunday 5th April we played Tottenham in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Anfield, where we had been so successful against Liverpool in the Quarter Final, only this time things did not go so well for us. On the contrary!

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The question will always be, what if Sánchez' goal after just two minutes had not been ruled out by the referee? After all, it was not clear if Lallana really was offside and the debate continued until long after the match.

And Goretzka also came close with a long shot, but the ball hit the woodwork and went over. On the other side, Damiăo thought he had scored for Spurs but the ball hit the side-netting.

And in stoppage time there were more than decent chances for Sturridge, who put the ball just wide of the goal, and for Kane who came close with a header, but Forster managed to fist the ball away.

In the second half we took a risk and we brought on Götze for Wanyama, as well as Van Dijk for Van Beek. And we created at least two decent scoring chances; the first one for Alexis Sánchez, but the ball went just over the bar, and the second one for Sturridge after a superb solo and a perfect assist by Götze, but Sturridge put it wide.

So the game went into extra time and we brought on Ward-Prowse for a tired Erik Lallana, but now Spurs had the best chances. Kane almost scored, but Forster managed to turned the ball behind. There were claims for a penalty when Van Dijk barged Damiăo in the back, but the referee turned a deaf ear. But finally it was Damiăo who found the net with a fierce shot!

We never found the strength to recover from that goal and so for the second weekend in a row we suffered a hammer blow from which we shall have to recover very quickly if we don't want this season to end in a horrible anti-climax.

http://s6.postimg.cc/plmd6mgup/Spurs.png (http://postimage.org/)

A very unfortunate result. We played quite well as a team and our defence was especially superb, but it was not enough. And to be honest, Spurs did create more chances than we did, especially in extra time.

http://s6.postimg.cc/fzssqbpox/Spurs_S.png (http://postimage.org/)

http://s6.postimg.cc/cvi4tj8wh/Spurs_R.png (http://postimage.org/)

To make matters worse, Van Beek and Bender will be banned for two English matches since they both collected their tenth yellow card today. On the other hand, the good news is that Götze and Bertrand have resumed full training again.

Meanwhile, at St.James' Park Chelsea defeated Newcastle (1-2) and they are now the proud new leaders of the Premier League table. And our remaining schedule does not look too terribly easy for us either!

http://s6.postimg.cc/xokjhy1g1/Table31.png (http://postimage.org/)

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Kingsley
23-05-16, 08:12 AM
I thought that would be your best chance. Looking tough now

Just not playing well when you need results the most. One big rally call to fire up the players for the final push. Still 2 trophies to win and you can do it.

samsami
23-05-16, 09:19 AM
I thought that would be your best chance. Looking tough now

Just not playing well when you need results the most. One big rally call to fire up the players for the final push. Still 2 trophies to win and you can do it.

Your're right of course, but with tired players (who are still unhappy about the lack of squad depth) and a match every three days and it's PSG first and then Chelsea at Stamford Bridge we have to be realistic...

kuy
23-05-16, 11:17 AM
Really suffered with no Gotze, glad to see that he's back

samsami
23-05-16, 12:52 PM
Really suffered with no Gotze, glad to see that he's back

Yes, although we beat Man Utd without him, but we lost to Middlesbrough in the League and to Tottenham in the FA Cup. So hopefully he will put us back on the right track. If not, the season is over :frusty:

Mark
23-05-16, 02:31 PM
:confused: What is happening?!

Time to win the next 4 to make my prediction come true!

samsami
23-05-16, 02:43 PM
:confused: What is happening?!
Time to win the next 4 to make my prediction come true!

That is the general idea :)

Redknapp69
23-05-16, 08:06 PM
Ugh - very much a deserved in for Spurs there

2 defenders out of next 2 games is a huge blow as well

Are you going full team next game or resting them for arguably a title decideer at Chelsea?

samsami
23-05-16, 08:17 PM
Ugh - very much a deserved win for Spurs there.
2 defenders out of next 2 games is a huge blow as well
Are you going full team next game or resting them for arguably a title decider at Chelsea?

Van Beek and Bender can both play against PSG of course (though not against Chelsea and Liverpool). Their ban is only for English games. So we will have to fight for it against Paris SG because only Götze is not quite fit yet.
The main problem is that we will miss these two key defenders when we play Chelsea in what could easily become the title decider, as you said.
We don't want to end the season empty-handed, but it looks bleak.

samsami
24-05-16, 07:47 AM
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Saints are dealt a third hammer blow

On Wednesday 8th April we played Paris Saint-Germain in front of a crowd of just 35,691 - and many of them wished they had stayed at home...

http://s6.postimg.cc/m746qhlg1/Results.png (http://postimage.org/)

Although morale is low, we did what we could. Lallana tried an early pot-shot at goal, but it went over the bar. Less than a minute later Goretzka climbed above Marquinhos and powered a header at goal, but Mignolet did well to parry it.

Paris Saint-Germain on the other hand seemed content to defend. They created only one reasonable scoring chance when Cavani tried a volley, but he put it just over the bar.

The second half was hardly any different and with just over an hour on the clock we still only had the two shots on goal, so we brought on some fresh legs: Wanyama and Rodríguez replaced Goretzka and Lallana. But that hardly helped. Instead, a few minutes after that double substitution Verrato fed Embolo with a perfect through pass and all that Embolo had to do was apply the finish. And that's precisely what he did!

We brought on Mitrovic for Sturridge, but again it was Embolo who got free in the penalty area and doubled the score with a fierce strike to leave us without even a glimmer of hope for the return match.

A third major blow for our lads in a very bleak two-week period. Even Mario Götze was unable to change the tide...

http://s6.postimg.cc/l63y1d4gh/PSG.png (http://postimage.org/)

Now to be honest, Paris Saint-Germain were simply better than us and so it was a fair enough result. It just felt like rubbing salt into the wounds though.

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We shall now have to play Chelsea in just three days' time!

We will give our players a day or two of full rest before we get together again and then we shall ask the team to put behind them the disappointment and fully set their focus on the League. But it is asking a lot and this next game could very well decide our fate.

Kingsley
24-05-16, 07:52 AM
In manager cliche ..... "It allows us to concentrate on the league which was always our priority"

From fighting on 3 fronts it is suddenly just the one. All gone horribly wrong at the business end of the season. It sounds as if all of the players have suffered a loss of form at the same time.

samsami
24-05-16, 08:04 AM
In manager cliché ..... "It allows us to concentrate on the league which was always our priority"
From fighting on 3 fronts it is suddenly just the one. All gone horribly wrong at the business end of the season. It sounds as if all of the players have suffered a loss of form at the same time.

Nice cliché though :)

Things are going wrong, I think, because we have peaked too early after a string of easy matches. Then, just as Götze got injured, we had to play away games against Arsenal and Man Utd plus we had to play Liverpool and Spurs in the FA Cup plus Paris SG in the Champions League!

We get all the hard games at the end of the season; it's Chelsea, Liverpool and City next!

Redknapp69
24-05-16, 08:09 AM
Big decision to play first team there
If league is more important I would have rested them

You got Embolo'd :frusty: - will need a miracle to get through this tie now

samsami
24-05-16, 08:25 AM
You got Embolo'd :frusty:

Could even have been worse if 35-year old Ronaldo had been paying attention.

http://s6.postimg.org/7znotbnip/Ronaldo.png (http://postimage.org/)

Of course by then many fans had already left the stadium.

ebfatz
24-05-16, 04:33 PM
I seem to remember you were in a similar position in the league last season. You were clear at the top and we all thought it was a done deal but you were pulled back and eventually lost it.

What are you going to do differently this season? Have to win it. Have to win something!!

Mark
24-05-16, 06:43 PM
Bottling it again! Having said that, you've just lost two games that you haven't really got your eye on. The biggest match of the lot is up next and now it's time to get back to winning ways!

Fourfourtwo
24-05-16, 08:59 PM
Oh no! Time for something radical - change formation, play the kids, bring someone in on loan, play a goalkeeper up front (ok, maybe not the last one)...

samsami
25-05-16, 07:59 AM
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Saints shock Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

On Saturday 11th April we had to play what is arguably the most important match of the season, without Van Beek and without Bender - who are both suspended for two matches - and also without Abdennour and Wanyama, who are away on international duty.

So with no less than three of our key defenders unavailable we started the game with much fear and tribulation! However, this time the football gods were shining on us and at the end of the day we were the ones to have dealt a totally unexpected hammer blow on our rivals! And boy, did it feel good!!

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Perhaps Chelsea took things lightly. After all, we had just received three major blows in a row so perhaps they thought we were ready for the slaughter? That was certainly how it was portrayed by the press.

At least Chelsea pushed forward in numbers, ready to destroy us, but in the 17th minute we countered and Götze tried a half-volley. It was just wide off the goal but when Begovic restarted the game with a poor goal kick it was Sturridge who collected the ball, hit a fierce shot and scored!!

Now that goal made Chelsea think! Next thing they lost Baines who had to come off the field injured. And a little later, when Goretzka flighted in a free kick from 20 yards out and doubled the score for us we knew that something very remarkable was about to happen!!

In the second half we brought on Mitrovic for Sánchez, who wasn't quite fit and the game was more or less in balance now. And somehow with our shaky make-shift defence, but with Götze and Goretzka magnificently controlling the midfield, we never gave our rivals a chance to score the goal they so desperately needed to get back into the game!

And when the whistle was finally blown we could could scarcely believe it, but the incredible had actually happened!!

http://s6.postimg.cc/4q4o94a1d/Blow.png (http://postimage.org/)

Götze, Forster and Kongolo played brilliantly as we stunned our rivals to the title in front of their own crowd!

http://s6.postimg.cc/kac1znk5t/Blows.png (http://postimage.org/)

http://s6.postimg.cc/5gxeewcep/Blowr.png (http://postimage.org/)

So it's not over yet! Will this victory have turned the tide for us? Can Saints soon claim the first ever silverware in the club's history after all?

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Fourfourtwo
25-05-16, 09:10 AM
Yeeesssss!

kuy
25-05-16, 01:05 PM
Massive result! When you listed all the defenders you were missing I was worried (I'm a big fan of Abdennour in particular), but you did it!

Mark
25-05-16, 01:14 PM
Just what the doctor ordered! Now win that game in hand!