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Kingsley
25-05-16, 01:27 PM
Get in there !

6 cup finals to play now.

samsami
25-05-16, 03:14 PM
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Saints title resurrection offers hope for manager

After earlier problems at St.Mary's had already all but caused a rift between the Saints manager and the club's board it seemed almost inevitable that the season would turn into disaster when a shock loss to Middlesbrough at home was immediately followed by elimination from the FA Cup by Tottenham and a third consecutive loss (0-2) to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League! Another lost Premier League match to title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would have spelled disaster for manager Samsami Sungo.

Yesterday's remarkable 0-2 win at Stamford Bridge (with a makeshift rearguard!) offers fresh hope for the manager whose contract expires at the end of this season. However, Saints have to play Liverpool and Man City next so nothing is quite certain yet.

ebfatz
25-05-16, 04:53 PM
That result may just have won you the league!!

Redknapp69
26-05-16, 12:51 AM
Massive result - big :clap: for winning away

Chelsea's forward players had an absolute shocker - 6's all around but fuck it - not for you to worry about

That really could (and should) wrap up the league - but like Chelsea may have done here - no letting up for the last few games

Giving the CL 2nd leg a good go or resting players?

samsami
26-05-16, 07:29 AM
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"The miracle of Paris"

On Wednesday 15th April we played Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc des Princes without much hope and with clear instructions for our players to not take any risks and to avoid hard tackling at all times. The last thing we want is more bans or injuries!

Little did we know that even before the final whistle was blown, on social media this match would already be referred to as the Miracle of Paris!

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It was an evening with remarkable results elsewhere in Europe as well, but nothing could compare to what happened in Paris!

Van Beek, Bender and Abdennour were all available again, so we started out with our best possible defence and with all of our regular first team players. That was a big choice, of course.

Now because Paris SG had already beaten us 2-0 at St.Mary's they had little to fear from us, while we had little to hope for. And that clearly showed in the first half, although there was some excitement when Abdennour laid the ball off and Lallana stretched to reach the pass and scored, only he was in an offside position so it was ruled out.

On the other side Gustavo came close with a swerving shot, but it went over the bar. And so we were just starting to get ready for the break when Lallana suddenly came forward; he showed Thiago Silva a clean set of heels, jinked past Van der Wiel and drove a left-footed shot low towards the goal and found the back of the net!!

So in the second half Paris SG started to put a little less emphasis on defence. Ronaldo tried a long shot, but Forster deflected the ball clear. Forster also frustrated Embolo when he tried a fierce shot on goal. And then we countered again; Kongolo passed the ball into the area looking for Mario Götze who had the opportunity and Götze scored with a superb volley!!

We could hardly believe what was happening! And for seven minutes we believed in a miracle, until Kurzawa squared the ball from the left and Verrati tried a low right-footed drive and found the net for Paris Saint-Germain.

That goal put an end to our hopes but immediately Paris SG dropped the pace a little. They had done what they had to do, but they failed to reckon with Adam Lallana! Less that ten minutes later Lallana picked up the loose ball and roamed forward unmarked. He spotted that Mignolet was badly positioned and struck a venomous shot over the goalie's head into the back of the net!! And suddenly we were leading on away goals!!

And as the crowd watched in disbelief we managed to hold on in the remaining tense minutes to miraculously seal our spot in the Champions League Semi-Finals!

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What a fantastic match! Lallana and Götze were absolutely brilliant, but of course the whole team deserves a huge compliment!

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And after the remarkable results of this unforgettable football evening we drew FC Porto in the Champions League Semi-Final.

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Meanwhile, in Leicester Chelsea struggled but they did defeat Leicester City (1-2) at the King Power Stadium, which means that they are one point ahead of us again. However, we have two games in hand. Not that those games will be easy for us, though.

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Fourfourtwo
26-05-16, 08:17 AM
Finding your form at just the right time. It's all on.

Redknapp69
26-05-16, 09:34 AM
Wow - incredible win

Lucky you had Migs in goal for PSG tho :lol:

How are the players loking condition wise for the next game - bit of a risk playing a full strength tem if League is priority but certainly a gamble that paid off

Seems like the players can smell the glory ahead of them now

CL wide open for you to win it as well :ok:

samsami
26-05-16, 10:52 AM
Wow - incredible win
Lucky you had Migs in goal for PSG tho :lol:
How are the players looking condition wise for the next game - bit of a risk playing a full strength team if League is priority but certainly a gamble that paid off
Seems like the players can smell the glory ahead of them now
CL wide open for you to win it as well :ok:

That third goal was a goalie blunder :)

As to our players' condition, that should not be a problem for the game against Liverpool:

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Mark
26-05-16, 11:46 AM
Wow, what a game. The Chelsea result clearly gave your players confidence to get the job done in Paris! Hopefully you're on for the double!

kuy
26-05-16, 12:02 PM
Amazing! Saints going strong for the final run-in

ebfatz
26-05-16, 10:29 PM
Hell of a comeback and sets it up to be a great end to the season

samsami
27-05-16, 07:33 AM
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Liverpool too strong for Saints

Four days after the Miracle of Paris, on Sunday 19th April we played the current number 4 of the Premier League at Anfield, with a weakened defence as Bender and Van Beek were still banned for this match.

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Soares replaced Bender and Van Dijk replaced Van Beek. Rodríguez is out for about two weeks with a twisted knee, so he was also unavailable for this match.

We were obviously oozing with confidence after our remarkable wins at Stamford Bridge and at the Parc des Princes and Liverpool was duly impressed. We attacked and they defended. Unfortunately Goretzka picked up an injury so he had to come off and we brought on Wanyama to replace him, but we were in a flow and it was Abdennour who scored the opener. Initially Baumann managed to parry the ball, but Abdennour was first to the rebound and this time he did not miss!

At half-time we had already had seven shots on goal, Liverpool none. Things looked very good for us!

Liverpool's first shot at goal came from Davie Selke who tried a low drive, but Forster fisted the ball away. So everything was going well for us and we had just brought on Tadic for a tired Adam Lallana when Henderson collected the ball and sent it into the area for Gómez who met the ball with a diving header and scored for Liverpool! It was only their second attempt at goal but Gömez had already cancelled out Abdennour's opener!

And as Liverpool kept pushing forwards our defence no longer seemed all that solid. Selke almost scored, but he could not keep his header down and less than two minutes later Forster saved and held the ball when Selke blasted it ball towards the top corner. Forster also saved and deflected the ball clear when Tunnicliffe shot hard and low at goal, but he had no chance when Ince lost Van Dijk and tried a low drive!

With twelve minutes remaining we brought on Mitrovic for Sturridge. We needed goals, but Liverpool were not going to let that happen and when the final whistle sounded we had to leave Anfield empty-handed...

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A huge disappointment. We played well enough, but our defence, without Bender and Van Beek, simple was not able to prevent Liverpool from scoring twice.

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Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge Chelsea beat Middlesbrough (2-0) and so they are four points ahead of us now. Of course we still have the two games in hand. These games are currently scheduled to be played on May 9th and May 13th.

Tensions are high!

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Because of their injuries, Goretzka and Rodríguez will not be available when we play Man City on Saturday.

Kingsley
27-05-16, 07:57 AM
Jeez this is a roller coaster that you put us through. Need to man up and get something from the City game. With (hopefully) some easier games to come and top players returning the gap to Chelsea is not insurmountable, but you don't want to see it get much bigger.

samsami
27-05-16, 08:14 AM
Jeez this is a roller coaster that you put us through. Need to man up and get something from the City game. With (hopefully) some easier games to come and top players returning the gap to Chelsea is not insurmountable, but you don't want to see it get much bigger.

It's getting a bit much, yes. Another all or nothing game this next one! We need to beat City at St.Mary's and that won't be easy.

But Chelsea's remaining fixtures are also tough. They only have to play two more matches. If they don't win the League then this is the first season they win no trophy.

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So they have to play the exact same teams we are playing now!

Alcoolix
27-05-16, 08:37 AM
It smells really good now !

Liverpool is on fire, i dont see Chelski win at Anfield.

PS: Thx for all your stories :popcorn:

samsami
27-05-16, 08:41 AM
I hope you're right! And thanks for your reaction!

Redknapp69
27-05-16, 09:37 AM
Delighted Liverpool won :)

It's that situation where would you rather have the points on the board or still have it in your own hands?

CL semi final will again test who you play and if you prioritise league over cup

Swansea away could be tricky for you as well :)

Great that Chelsea last fixtures are tough - looks like they gave s free run as not in Europe any more though

First choice defenders back can't come quick enough :ok:

samsami
27-05-16, 09:51 AM
Delighted Liverpool won :)
It's that situation where would you rather have the points on the board or still have it in your own hands?
CL semi final will again test who you play and if you prioritise league over cup
Swansea away could be tricky for you as well :)
Great that Chelsea last fixtures are tough - looks like they have a free run as not in Europe any more though
First choice defenders back can't come quick enough :ok:

Bender and Van Beek are back from their suspension, yes. That's exactly what we need in our next match vs City!

If we beat Swansea away and Chelsea lose to Liverpool at Anfield (a dream scenario!) then we can give all we've got against Porto in the return match.
But the home match against Porto will be played first and that is one tough call.
Having said that, after the Miracle in Paris we don't want to stop now.
It's risky of course, but there you have it.

Mark
27-05-16, 12:14 PM
:doh:

Got to win those games in hand to stand a chance of winning the title.

ebfatz
27-05-16, 01:31 PM
Tighter than a tight thing :)

kuy
27-05-16, 01:45 PM
So many pros and cons! Your games in hand are quite easy, on paper at least, but I think I'd rather have the points on the board. Chelsea have a tough run-in, but they don't have the Champions League. Bender and Van Beek are back, but Goretzka will miss a game or two...

samsami
27-05-16, 04:29 PM
So many pros and cons! Your games in hand are quite easy, on paper at least, but I think I'd rather have the points on the board. Chelsea have a tough run-in, but they don't have the Champions League. Bender and Van Beek are back, but Goretzka will miss a game or two...

This is Chelsea's history:

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And this is ours:

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The last two years they beat us to the title by one point!

samsami
28-05-16, 08:43 AM
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Saints secure win against City

On Saturday 25th April we played the current number 3 of the Premier League in front of a small but fanatical crowd of 36,585 fans. And they got what they wanted, although it wasn't all good news today.

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With Goretzka and Rodríguez injured and Abdennour and Wanyama away on international duty we missed two of our key players. Bertrand replaced Abdennour and Ward-Prowse replaced Goretzka.

The first ten minutes were full of action. Within three minutes Bender hit the ball towards Lallana in the area and Lallana headed the ball and scored the opener! Exactly the kind of start we needed! However, seven minutes later Ward-Prowse's part in the game was already over as he came off the field injured. Exactly what we did not need! And with Wanyama being unavailable Tadic had to replace Ward-Prowse, so he had to play slightly out of position.

We managed to stay in control of the match though. Not that we created scoring chances. Both teams had only two shots on goal, but we were still leading by the one goal when Lallana picked up a knock and had to come off as well. And it did not look good for our right winger!

We were running out of midfield players so we had to bring on 21-year old Baggio Wallenburg again. And it must be said that Wallenburg played very well today!

The second half was not much different from the first half. There were precious few scoring chances for either team, but nevertheless anything could happen any moment and we fully realised that 1-0 was not sufficient to be able to relax. But unlike at Anfield, this time we played with both of our regular central defenders and we had the home advantage as well.

And we have Mario Götze! With 79 minutes on the clock Wallenburg set up Götze in the area, Gótze got free and hit the ball high and hard towards the goal and doubled our lead as St.Mary's erupted with joy!!

We brought on Micky Martin for Bertrand in the last few minutes and so Martin made his Premier League debut today but the main thing is that we could add three very important points to our tally again!

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A fantastic team performance and a huge win for us! But the injuries obviously don't help.

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At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea defeated West Brom (3-0) so it is still very much a title race! At least we get to play our last three League games at St.Mary's. That should give us a better chance to win our games in hand. Besides, Chelsea still has to play Liverpool at Anfield and Man City at Stamford Bridge. So it could very well be yet another photo-finish this season!

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Lallana's injury means that he will be out of action for the remainder of the season and he will be sorely missed! In addition, Ward-Prowse will be out for about ten days with a bruised thigh.

Redknapp69
28-05-16, 08:59 AM
What a time for Joe Hart to have a 'mare!

Superb win that - looked a tough fixture on paper

Injuries :frusty:

samsami
28-05-16, 11:38 AM
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Injury worries for Saints

Several players will be unavailable for the upcoming Champions League Semi-Final First Leg.

Lallana, Ward-Prowse and Rodríguez are all injured while Alexis Sánchez is away on international duty. That means we shall only have Tadic available as winger.

Also, Goretzka has resumed full training, but he is only 70% fit so Wanyama will have to replace him. At least Wanyama and Abdennour are back from their international duties in time for this important match!

We will probably line up in the following formation as we try to keep a clean sheet and hopefully score at least one goal against FC Porto.

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Kingsley
28-05-16, 01:03 PM
Big win there v City. Still in your own hands.

Management cliche alert ! .... It's not a team game, it's a squad game.

Time for the squad players to man-up and get those last few wins.

samsami
29-05-16, 04:13 PM
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How FC Porto will line up against Saints at St.Mary's

Porto manager Julen Lopetegui has just announced their starting line up for the Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg at St.Mary's. Porto will start with a defensive 4-5-1 formation with Ziyech as their most attacking midfielder.

FC Porto's star player Luiz Adriano (23 goals in 32 appearances) is out for about two more months with shin splints, so Aboubakar (8 goals in 19 appearances) will be the one to replace him.

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Although we have more injured players than FC Porto do, the fact that Luiz Adriano is not available for both matches should give us some hope at least.

kuy
29-05-16, 10:03 PM
You don't fancy Soares in at right-back, Bender pushed into midfield (maybe Bender DMC, Clasie MC) and Gotze out on the wing?

Good to see Luiz Adriano is injured, but surely anyone you play at this level will be tough - good luck! :ok:

samsami
30-05-16, 07:16 AM
You don't fancy Soares in at right-back, Bender pushed into midfield (maybe Bender DMC, Clasie MC) and Gotze out on the wing?
Good to see Luiz Adriano is injured, but surely anyone you play at this level will be tough - good luck! :ok:

Götze as winger is a thought! Worth trying that out!.
Here's what happened, though:

samsami
30-05-16, 07:22 AM
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Saints and Porto play out goalless stalemate at St.Mary's

On Wednesday 27th April we played FC Porto in the Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg in front of a crowd of 40,836.

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Porto made an extremely cagey start to the match but we clearly missed our two creative wingers, Alexis Sánchez and Adam Lallana. Sturridge and Tadic simply do not have the same skills and creativity that our regular wingers have.

With twenty minutes on the clock Porto abandoned their defensive stance a little and they came close when Ziyech struck a free kick which took a deflection off the wall and went wide. Our only scoring chance was a low drive by Tadic, but Kadú did well to get his fingertips to the ball.

Porto seemed to realise that we had little to fear from us and they started the second half very attacking. Ziyech hit the ball on the half-volley, but fortunately for us it clipped the bar and went over. Aboubakar also came close with a header, but he put it just wide.

Then, Tadic had to go off injured. Yet another injured winger! We brought on Soares to play as right defender with Lars Bender taking over Tadic' position as winger. We did not have too much choice, but Bender actually played very decently.

And now we actually got some scoring chances, too! Clasie was the first one to hit the ball in low, but Kadú pushed it away. Mitrovic also fired in low and hard, but once again Kadú saved and deflected the ball clear. With 25 minutes remaining Götze took the ball past Iturraspe and attempted a curling shot, but Kadú managed to get his fingertips to the ball. And three minutes later Götze hit another fierce shot, but again he was foiled by Kadú.

However, the best chance of the match was undoubtedly for FC Porto. Lichnovski headed the ball upfield, Aboubakar chipped it left towards Coentrăo who jinked past Soares and was left with a very simple finish - but Forster pounced liked a tiger to deny Porto a late goal!

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Sturridge and Tadic as wingers was not a big success, nor Mitrovic as striker. But our defence was solid (of course FC Porto missed Luiz Adriano!) and the clean sheet is important as we shall have to play the return match in Porto in two weeks' time.

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Fortunately, Tadic' injury is not very serious. He should be fit in less than a week.

And when we play our next match at the Liberty Stadium, Chelsea will have to play Liverpool at Anfield!

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Redknapp69
30-05-16, 09:44 AM
Damn superkeepered! :smash:

But 0:0 is fine. Get an away goal and they need 2 so I think you'll see it through

Tricky trip to South Wales next! 1-1 my prediction and Liverpool to also get a draw with Chelsea

kuy
30-05-16, 10:35 AM
Not a bad result, good to keep a clean sheet but it looks like you were the better team, so maybe a missed opportunity to take a lead into the away leg?

samsami
30-05-16, 11:48 AM
Not a bad result, good to keep a clean sheet but it looks like you were the better team, so maybe a missed opportunity to take a lead into the away leg?

Yes, but we don't score goals easily. In the League four teams have scored more goals than we have. Sturridge is not a goal machine and with Sánchez and Lallana unvailable we had to lean on our defence, which is our main strength of course.


Tricky trip to South Wales next! 1-1 my prediction and Liverpool to also get a draw with Chelsea

That is one very pessimist scenario, sir!

samsami
31-05-16, 07:45 AM
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Alexis Sánchez' hat-trick keeps Saints on track

On Saturday 2nd May we played Swansea City FC at the Liberty Stadium. And Alexis Sánchez showed his class in Wales!

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Lallana and Ward-Prowse are both still injured; Goretzka is 84% fit while Rodríguez and Tadic are both 90% fit so all three of them started on the bench.

But Alexis Sánchez is back from his international duty and so he started as left winger again while Wallenburg replaced Tadic as right winger.

And within ten minutes Sánchez scored the opener when he played the ball past Galloway and blasted it towards the top corner and found the net! And before Swansea had recovered, Sánchez scored again, this time with a long shot and six minutes later Wallenburg smashed the ball towards the goal, Fabianski could only parry it and Sánchez was left with a simple finish to complete his hat-trick!

The rest was smooth sailing. In the second half we brought on Mitrovic for Sturridge, who was invisible again, and we also brought on Rodríguez for Sánchez who had received a yellow card and had already done more than a day's work.

We took it easy now and it was Mario Götze who scored our fourth goal by striking a free kick from 20 yards out over the wall and into the back of the net!

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A superb team effort, with only Daniel Sturridge not smiling after the match.

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An unexpected easy victory, but with Chelsea defeating Liverpool at Anfield (0-2) the title race is still very much undecided. In fact, tension is building up...

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Kingsley
31-05-16, 08:06 AM
This is so tense now on both fronts. Not much in it on goal difference either, a draw and a 3-0 win in the games in hand would put you top. West Brom is the must win, but not much recovery time after the Porto game. Lets hope that some of the injured players are fast healers.

Redknapp69
31-05-16, 08:11 AM
Thumping away win!

Same for Chelsea as well - both teams showing how much they want it!

Your run in looks great - and all league games at home

Surely now the crowds should be turning up?!

Still in your hands . . .

kuy
31-05-16, 09:17 AM
Great to get a big win and to rest some tired players while you're at it. Have you put everyone (or just the key men) on light training for the busy run-in?

samsami
31-05-16, 09:19 AM
Great to get a big win and to rest some tired players while you're at it. Have you put everyone (or just the key men) on light training for the busy run-in?

I did that, but they're back on full training again. I'll keep an eye on it!

samsami
31-05-16, 09:22 AM
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Saints ready for FC Porto

Only Lallana is unvailable as we travel to Portugal to play FC Porto in the Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg on Wednesday. However, some of our players are not fully rested.

We will most likely start with our usual attacking formation, hoping to score an early away goal after the 0-0 draw at home. Ward-Prowse will probably replace Lallana.

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If we do score the first goal we will revert to the more defensive formation.

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Abdennour and Ward-Prowse will not be able to play the full ninety minutes. Bertrand and Tadic will be ready to replace them to guarantee that they get enough rest before we have to play West Brom on Saturday!

Our opponents will miss Luiz Adriano again. Hopefully that will help us keep a clean sheet!

Redknapp69
31-05-16, 09:55 AM
Planned subs? Hope it doesn't come back to but you in this game!

Kingsley
31-05-16, 10:33 AM
Very brave to start Abdenour and Ward-Prowse. It only takes a couple of others to suffer knocks and one of them will have to play 90 minutes.

Mark
31-05-16, 10:59 AM
Thumping win over Swansea! Great to see you look to be back on track now but it all comes down to those two games in hand. Nice to see the injured players coming back in for this return leg at Porto, I have faith that you can get an away goal and make a good game of it :ok:

samsami
31-05-16, 12:51 PM
Planned subs? Hope it doesn't come back to but you in this game!

We need to win this match! We shall do what we can!


Very brave to start Abdenour and Ward-Prowse. It only takes a couple of others to suffer knocks and one of them will have to play 90 minutes.

Perhaps Tadic is a better choice than Ward-Prowse. He needs to be in top form, but he isn't. We'll talk with him!


Thumping win over Swansea! Great to see you look to be back on track now but it all comes down to those two games in hand. Nice to see the injured players coming back in for this return leg at Porto, I have faith that you can get an away goal and make a good game of it :ok:

An away goal is the crucial thing so we shall attack!!!

ebfatz
31-05-16, 01:57 PM
Lady Luck is on your side with three home games to finish the league season.

It'll only take the one goal in Porto and it should see you through.

Mitrovic would have been the man to go get it for you though not Sturridge!!

It's very close to being 'Double Time' but you could so easily implode and end with nothing.
Great tension!

samsami
31-05-16, 03:10 PM
Thumping away win!
Same for Chelsea as well - both teams showing how much they want it!
Your run in looks great - and all league games at home
Surely now the crowds should be turning up?!
Still in your hands . . .

Not sure what it is with all those empty seats and the Board expanding our stadium like there's no tomorrow!
At least the 36,000 to 41,000 that show up are fanatical and they make enough noise!


Lady Luck is on your side with three home games to finish the league season.
It'll only take the one goal in Porto and it should see you through.
Mitrovic would have been the man to go get it for you though not Sturridge!!
It's very close to being 'Double Time' but you could so easily implode and end with nothing.
Great tension!

Frankly, I don't believe in either Mitrovic or Sturridge. We should have bought Selke. But I won't tell them :)

kuy
31-05-16, 05:08 PM
Are either of Abdennour or Ward-Prowse 'Exhausted' or 'In need of a rest'? If not they'll probably be fine :ok:

Come on, let's get an early away goal to settle the nerves!

samsami
01-06-16, 07:16 AM
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No miracle for Saints in Porto

On Wednesday 6th May we played FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragăo in the Champions League Semi-Final Second Leg. Our fans had their hopes up. After all, they still vividly remember the Miracle of Paris. But in Porto we were never granted even a remote chance.

http://s6.postimg.cc/koamr0amp/Result.png (http://postimage.org/)

We started with Sánchez and Tadic as wingers, but Porto immediately took control of the match and they created by far the best scoring chances. In fact, we were very fortunate to be only 1-0 down at half-time.

With eighteen minutes on the clock Ababoukar already looked certain to score, but Forster saved and Van Beek cleared the ball when Forster could not hold onto it. And it wasn't the only chance Porto created. Filipe Augusto tried a header, but it hit the side-netting. Vadillo also came close with a header, but Forster got across to tip it wide.

Then, just before half-time Aboubakar found a gap to shoot in low and he scored for Porto! It was bound to happen and we saw it coming, but it still upset our lads and four minutes later Aboubakar almost doubled Porto's lead when he hit the ball on the half-volley, but it cannoned back off the crossbar!

In the break we reminded the lads that we still only needed the one goal, but early on in the second half our hopes were dashed when Filip Augusto picked up the loose ball and doubled the score with a fantastic strike!

As a last resort we made a triple substitution and we brought on Mitrovic, Ward-Prowse and Soares, but that only resulted in one chance; from way out Alexis Sánchez hit the ball low towards the goal, but he put it just wide. And that was it.

http://s6.postimg.cc/a40p8f64x/Porto.png (http://postimage.org/)

It was perfectly clear that our European adventure was destined to end in Porto. Our opponents outplayed us and all we can do now is fly home, try to refocus and hopefully win our remaining three Premier League matches. There is still that most coveted trophy of all to be won...

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kuy
01-06-16, 07:41 AM
Shame, but it does look like Porto deserved it on the night. Taking Southampton to the Champions League semi-finals is a huge achievement though!

Now go on and win the league! Bounce back with a great performance against West Brom!

Kingsley
01-06-16, 08:30 AM
A hard place to go with a depleted squad. Sounds as if Porto did what they had to do over the 2 legs

3 big home games now. Nail the first 2 and we are heading for a dramatic final day

Redknapp69
01-06-16, 09:23 AM
Wow - thoroughly dissapoinitng - not to score over 2 legs is incredibly frustrating

But - it's the league that matters - go forth and conquer - rally the troops!

Mark
01-06-16, 10:27 AM
Well, that sucks! :( A shame to go out that way.

samsami
01-06-16, 10:53 AM
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Saints limping towards season end

Three days after the disappointing match in Porto, on Saturday 9th May we played West Bromwich Albion in front of a crowd of 41,219. It was a match that we really needed to win - only we didn't.

http://s6.postimg.cc/5b3x09sk1/Clasie.png (http://postimage.org/)

Apart from Lallana everyone was available for this match. Tadic replaced Lallana again and just like in Porto he did a decent job.

We started well and it seemed only a matter of time before we would score when Stevenson looked to go past Clasie who made a dangerous, poorly-timed two-footed challenge on Stevenson and received the red card!!!

That was the worst possible thing that could have happened! We brought on Wanyama for Clasie and we brought off Sturridge so now we had to play the remaining hour without a striker! But the crowd cheered us on and just before half-time Wanyama(!) took control of the loose ball, tried his luck and found the net!!

And perhaps we could have won the game now, what with the home advantage and the extra energy that our lads managed to put into the match; but the second half had barely started when Goretzka seemed to push George Thomas and a penalty was awarded! It was a dubious decision but Rondón stepped up confidently and made no mistake in scoring the penalty.

We still did what we could with ten men and we almost scored when Wanyama headed the ball to Bender who passed it first time into the area looking for Tadic. Tadic then tried to flick the ball over Lindegaard, but it went just over the bar!

With eight minutes remaining Sánchez actually did score, but it was ruled out by the linesman's flag because Tadic was offside and so this match ending in a very disappointing 1-1 draw.

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Our defence was superb and Wanyama played brilliantly, but the result was another blow for us, although it's understandable if you consider that we had to play with only ten men for a full hour. Still, we could hardly afford dropping two points today.

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We definitely do need to win our remaining game in hand now if we want to stay in the title race! In fact, we shall have to defeat Newcastle by three goals (and preferably more!) in order to get ahead of Chelsea!

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Mark
01-06-16, 11:00 AM
:doh: Got a horrible feeling that you'll end up missing out due to goal difference...

Alcoolix
01-06-16, 11:03 AM
Runners up once again ? This time because you scored less then Chelsea ?

Come on....

What did you tell Clasie after this game ?

Redknapp69
01-06-16, 11:09 AM
Arrrggghhhh - horrific time for a red card. You could argue it wasn't a bad point - might be crucial in fact . . .

samsami
01-06-16, 11:12 AM
Runners up once again ? This time because you scored less then Chelsea ?
Come on....
What did you tell Clasie after this game ?

Actually, nobody said much about Clasie after the game. We only talked about the penalty that was no penalty at all!
As to Clasie, he was just a little overzealous. And we have Wanyama to replace him for these final two matches.


Arrrggghhhh - horrific time for a red card. You could argue it wasn't a bad point - might be crucial in fact . . .

I'm afraid you're right. Or you might look at it differently and say that the penalty was crucial.


:doh: Got a horrible feeling that you'll end up missing out due to goal difference...

That is a nightmare scenario. Surely that won't happen?

ebfatz
01-06-16, 11:20 AM
Uh Oh!!

samsami
01-06-16, 12:17 PM
Uh Oh!!

Exactly my thoughts!

Kingsley
01-06-16, 12:27 PM
Sounds like the ref had a mare .... red card, penalty, disallowed goal ... he was certainly not being influenced by the home crowd. (Did you spot Abrabovic handing him a brown envelope ?). On the plus side, you did have to take off Sturridge, which possibly improved your team.

All or nothing against Newcastle now.

3-1 with an injury time goal for Newcastle, their only shot on target all game

samsami
01-06-16, 12:32 PM
Sounds like the ref had a mare .... red card, penalty, disallowed goal ... he was certainly not being influenced by the home crowd. (Did you spot Abrabovic handing him a brown envelope ?). On the plus side, you did have to take off Sturridge, which possibly improved your team.

All or nothing against Newcastle now.

3-1 with an injury time goal for Newcastle, their only shot on target all game

Tomorrow morning we'll know if your prediction is true!

Včrkűh
01-06-16, 03:20 PM
Come on you Saints!!!

CMCZ
01-06-16, 07:15 PM
CM is just a cruel game. Probably the gks you will play next 2 matches will score 9 or 10s. Always happens to me too..

How many matches has Chelsea won in a row now?

samsami
01-06-16, 09:11 PM
CM is just a cruel game. Probably the gks you will play next 2 matches will score 9 or 10s. Always happens to me too..
How many matches has Chelsea won in a row now?

Ha! It would be interesting to calculate the average rating of our opponents' goalkeepers when they played us, over the whole season :)

As to Chelsea, they have won four games in a row since we beat them:

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samsami
02-06-16, 07:25 AM
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Saints defeat Newcastle, but is it enough?

On Wednesday 13th May we played Newcastle United in front of a crowd of just 37,217 people, but during the entire match they managed to make it sound as if all 54,000 seats were filled! And we certainly needed that kind of support!

http://s6.postimg.cc/xcmjrpn81/Kongolo.png (http://postimage.org/)

Both Lallana and Clasie were unavailable for this match, so Tadic started as right winger again while Wanyama replaced Clasie as defensive central midfielder.

We knew we had to score goals. The more the better. So we chose to go all out attack and that immediately resulted in an early red card for Tabanou who tackled Tadic with both feet!! And of course, we were awarded a penalty!! It definitely made us feel as if we had the right referee this time! And Tadic made no mistake in scoring the penalty. He never does.

We tried to double the score as soon as possible, but in his eagerness to capture the ball Kongolo tripped Hernandez and received a yellow card. And because this is the 15th yellow card he has collected, Kongolo will now be banned for three English matches. That means he is unavailable when we play Tottenham on the final day of the season!

In the second half we brought on Rodríguez for Sturridge and Alexis Sánchez took over as striker with Rodíguez playing as left winger. We played a little more carefully now but we also created precious few real chances. The best chance was for Sánchez after a perfect long pass by Goretzka, but Sánchez sent the ball just wide of the goal.

And as the clock ticked and we were still desperately waiting for more goals, Bender received his second yellow card of the day for what the referee later referred to as 'jumping unfairly with Weymans'. Nobody knew exactly what he meant by that, but be that as it may, Bender was sent off and he will also miss the final game of the season!

But then, in extra time Tadic picked up the ball and laid it right to Götze who moved forward with the ball and used his skill to go past Lascelles. Götze progressed with his forward run and played the ball past Chester and Bishop before hitting a fierce shot and scoring an excellent strike!!

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A well-deserved win! Tadic played brilliantly and he was even named Man-of-the-Match! The whole team actually performed quite well, but will this result be enough? Especially now that we will miss Bender and Kongolo, in addition to Lallana and Clasie.

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Chelsea are still ahead of us, but only by the narrowest possible margin!

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So for the third year in a row the title race will be decided on the final day of the season as we play Spurs at St.Mary's while Chelsea plays Man City at Stamford Bridge!

Surely, the title won't slip from our grasp for the third year in a row?!?

Alcoolix
02-06-16, 08:24 AM
Good win against Newcastle but

Uhhhh ! You´ll have to go all out attack against Spurs... They will Play Long on Kane who I guess scored tons of Goals already....

I´m scared :scared:

Mark
02-06-16, 09:12 AM
Deja vu! Did what you had to do but no Bender for the final game :doh:

Given that Chelsea are playing Man City, you've got to hope they will draw there at best. I think your old side need to help you out by letting you win :D

samsami
02-06-16, 09:23 AM
Deja vu! Did what you had to do but no Bender for the final game :doh:

Given that Chelsea are playing Man City, you've got to hope they will draw there at best. I think your old side need to help you out by letting you win :D

Yes indeed, Spurs will need to lend us a helping hand :)

Kingsley
02-06-16, 10:20 AM
Two tough final games for the top two. Got to ignore what is happening at The Bridge and concentarte on beating Spurs by as many as you can. You certainly deserve a rub of the green and I can't believe that you could end up trophyless again.

The league trophy is loaded onto a helecopter somewhere on the Surrey/Hampshire border. Lets get it heading south-west.

samsami
02-06-16, 10:52 AM
Two tough final games for the top two. Got to ignore what is happening at The Bridge and concentrate on beating Spurs by as many as you can. You certainly deserve a rub of the green and I can't believe that you could end up trophyless again.

The league trophy is loaded onto a helicopter somewhere on the Surrey/Hampshire border. Lets get it heading south-west.

That would be so cool! Every year they have a helicopter land at the Feyenoord Stadium to introduce new signings to the fans. It would be brilliant to win the League and have the Premier League trophy delivered in that way!

http://s6.postimg.org/wxkx9jx01/Feyenoord_Helicopter_05.jpg (http://postimage.org/)

Redknapp69
02-06-16, 11:25 AM
win is a win there

got lucky with an early red card and should have scored more but then bender getting sent off (and Kongolo injured) is a big blow

I'm going against the grain here - I think just conecentrate on the win and dont worry about GD (unless you need to at HT) - I see Chelsea slipping up

Any chance of running the game until HT, posting up a screenshot then the final screenshot the day later? - Add to the suspense!

I firmly believe all the bad luck of losing by the odd point and horrendous injuries you have had over the years will change for the final game of Samsami's story

Good luck mate :pray: :ok:

samsami
02-06-16, 11:48 AM
Any chance of running the game until HT, posting up a screenshot then the final screenshot the day later? - Add to the suspense!
I firmly believe all the bad luck of losing by the odd point and horrendous injuries you have had over the years will change for the final game of Samsami's story
Good luck mate :pray: :ok:

1) Good idea to do that, but I have a different plan which will add to the suspense. Tomorrow morning I will post this and you can see it. The day after tomorrow is Saturday and then most people don't visit the site.
2) Don't worry, this is not my last story even though the title seems to indicate it is :)

kuy
02-06-16, 12:35 PM
Man City will be battling hard to secure Champions League football (the teams down to Liverpool in 6th place are still in the mix) and finish above Man Utd, so hopefully they can do you a favour...

Great to hear that there will be another story after this :ok:

samsami
03-06-16, 07:40 AM
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Saints v Spurs and Chelsea v City - as it happened

0 min: Finally out come the players! Handshakes all round and we're about to set. Saints have no less than four subs in their starting line-up because Kongolo, Bender and Clasie are banned while Lallana is injured. Van Dijk, Soares, Wanyama and Tadic are replacing them. Chelsea have no injury worries. With bookmakers they are the favourites for the title.

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1 min: And we're off, on this overcast day! It's 17°C and the fans are more than excited, but the players are clearly very, very nervous! Last year the title slipped from Saints' grasp for the second year in a row. They won't want that to happen again, but that knowledge will only make them more nervous. Chelsea, on the other hand, have won the title these past two years and they are keen to win the Premier League for the third consecutive time, especially since they have been knocked out of all cups this year and they certainly don't want to end the season empty-handed!

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5 min: Both teams are playing very cautiously. As long as there are no goals at Stamford Bridge and also no goals at St.Mary's the title will go to Chelsea again - and only because they have scored three more goals than Saints have. The difference in goals for and goals against is exactly the same: +45 for both teams!! Any goal in either match could tip the balance!! This is a bad day for most fans' hearts (but a good day for cardiologists!)

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6 min: A free kick to Southampton. Sturridge was pushed by Kane! What was Kane doing there?? It's in a dangerous position and Goretzka lines up the free kick and fires it in, but the shot looks to have taken a deflection off the wall and it has gone just wide!

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11 min: Goal!! Alexis Sánchez has scored for Saints!! Sánchez played a one-two with Soares and got into the area, drove the ball at goal and he scored!! Edwards never saw it!! And with this scoreline Saints actually win the Premier League!!

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16 min: And a goal at Stamford Bridge!! It's Chelsea who have scored!! Agüero was knocked to the floor by Delph and the referee awarded a penalty. Agüero stepped up himself and scored the penalty that has put Chelsea back at the top of the virtual table! My goodness! With 74 minutes remaining this could be one exciting afternoon! But for now we are back where we started with both teams leading 1-0. There will surely be more goals to come though.

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20 min: Another goal at Stamford Bridge!! This time for for Man City!! Within five minutes Dos Santos has cancelled out Agüero's opener with a horrendous strike which silenced the crowd at Stamford Bridge. But this is all very good news for Saints, of course. There was some cheering at St.Mary's when they got the news!

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29 min: Wow! Mario Götze was just denied a great goal! Somehow he was left unmarked when he received the ball from Abdennour. It was a perfect pass and Götze struck the ball on the half-volley, but Edwards managed to turn it behind! Great goal keeping there!

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33 min: Man City has scored a second goal!! What is happening?!? An avalance of goals here! It was Pröpper this time who hit the ball in low and found the net!! Begovic was stranded and helpless to save it so City is now leading 1-2! And at St.Mary's fans are celebrating Pröpper's goal as if they have just won the Premier League!! There is still almost an hour remaining though, but if truth be told it is beginning to look good for Saints!

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37 min: A red card for Spurs!! Alli has just been sent off after head-butting Wanyama in a moment of total madness!! What was he thinking!?! The football gods are definitely smiling on Saints today!

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45 min: Half-time at St.Mary's! The crowd got what they wanted. Saints are up 1-0 and Chelsea is losing at Stamford Bridge!

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45 min: Goal!! Chelsea has just equalised!! Giménez hit the ball ahead of Hazard in the area and Hazard, finding himself with plenty of time, shot on the volley and scored an excellent goal in extra time. It's 2-2 at Stamford Bridge!!

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HALF TIME: Saints 1-0 Spurs; Chelsea 2-2 Man City.

With these scorelines Saints win the title but it is so incredibly close and literally anything can still happen!! We all need a little break right now!!

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46 min: We're off again! No changes in the line-up for Saints or Chelsea. The question is, will there be more goals in the second half?

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52 min: Chelsea has scored again!! Agüero scored his second and Chelsea's third goal with a superb volley!! This means that Chelsea are now back in the driver's seat for the Premier League title! And this time it's the crowd at St.Mary's who are silenced. Less than twenty minutes ago they were so close to winning the title!! The balance keeps tipping!

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59 min: Nothing much is happening at St.Mary's currently. Spurs cannot do much with ten men and Saints seem unwilling to take any risks. But with Chelsea leading 3-2 at Stamford Bridge Saints will have to score a second goal now! Merely defending is not enough anymore.

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68 min: Van Dijk has hit a crashing drive from a distance but he scooped it over the crossbar. With just over twenty minutes remaining tension is mounting!!

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70 min: And another goal for Man City!! Incredible! Kolarov fired in a freekick from 20 yards out and scored!! It's 3-3 at Stamford Bridge!! Tension in both stadiums is now unbearable! Saints are leading the virtual table again but there are still 20 minutes remaining, plus extra time.

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71 min: Goretzka has scored for Saints!! The talented midfielder blasted the ball towards the top corner and he has found the back of the net!! Saints are leading 2-0 now!! In a matter of just two minutes the scenario has changed completely again and now Chelsea will have to score twice in order to retain the title, because surely Spurs won't score at St.Mary's? Not with ten men they won't?

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77 min: A yellow card for Van Dijk who has upended Leandro Damiăo. The players are clearly getting more nervous by the minute! Chelsea still need two goals, but stranger things have happened as they very well know at St.Mary's.

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83 min: Chelsea could score any minute! They get scoring chances but they are so unlucky today. They know they need two goals so they are in a rush!

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86 min: Goal!! It's another goal at Stamford Bridge and it's Manchester City who have scored again!! It's all over! Chelsea were attacking ferociously when City countered. Pröpper was left unmarked and he did not fail when he got the chance!! City are leading 4-3 now. It's all over for Chelsea! Surely the title will go to St.Mary's!!

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FULL TIME: Saints 2-0 Spurs; Chelsea 3-4 Man City.

And it's all over!! And the unbelievable has happened! Southampton Football Club have won their first trophy since they won the FA Cup 44 years ago - and this time it is that most coveted trophy of all!!

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Saints have won the Premier League title!

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Fans at St.Mary's are delirious as they celebrate Saints first piece of silverware in decades!

Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge fans are leaving the stadium, many of them crying their unbelieving eyeballs out...

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AJ
03-06-16, 07:52 AM
JUSTICE FOR SAINTS!!

Fourfourtwo
03-06-16, 09:17 AM
Woohoo! Brilliant write-up. Very tense. And a stonker of a game at Stamford Bridge.

Beardo
03-06-16, 09:20 AM
Well done, a cracking write up of the final day tension.

So is that the end ?

Redknapp69
03-06-16, 09:20 AM
What a final day!

Another red card goes your way but it was all about the game at the Bridge - bonkers stuff!

Well deserved title after all these years. A fitting end to the story. You have a very good writing style and the 1 post (of good quantity - not too much or little) a day draws me as a viewer to the story

Congrats again!

Where next for Samsami . . . . . ?

Kingsley
03-06-16, 09:28 AM
Never in doubt :behindsofa:

Two cracking games that couldn't have gone much better for Saints. The second goal for you sealed it, and Propper's winner for City was the icing on the cake. You certainly know how to sign off a story in style.

Looking forward to your next adventure.

Včrkűh
03-06-16, 10:08 AM
Hell yeah!!! :first:

Alcoolix
03-06-16, 10:25 AM
Congrats, you did it !

I hope Samsani will try the Cl with the Saint once again next year and maybe conquer Europe this time, why not ?

Looking Forward for your next adventures, whatever it is ;)

Thanks for the Entertainment.

kuy
03-06-16, 10:26 AM
Amazing final day of the season! And what a write-up!


Man City will be battling hard to secure Champions League football (the teams down to Liverpool in 6th place are still in the mix) and finish above Man Utd, so hopefully they can do you a favour...


Nailed it! :D (As did Verkuh... ;) )

Mark
03-06-16, 10:51 AM
PARTY TIME!!!!!! :party:

Third time lucky after all, I was almost prepared to write a death threat to Fabian Delph when he gave that penalty away :D

Glad to see you got the job done and Man City did you a favour.

VICTORY AT LAST!

samsami
03-06-16, 12:25 PM
Thanks everyone!

Poll added!

Topofthekop
03-06-16, 03:54 PM
You HAVE to defend that title and hopefully conquer Europe! :D

samsami
03-06-16, 04:40 PM
You HAVE to defend that title and hopefully conquer Europe! :D

It's beginning to look like it, isn't it? I promise to take the poll seriously.

kuy
03-06-16, 04:53 PM
I voted to stay at Southampton because it feels like there is still more to do: consolidate your position as #1 in England, conquer Europe, sort out the centre-forward and squad depth issues, maybe try to bring some youngsters through (which real-life Southampton have done very well in recent years)...

Kingsley
03-06-16, 07:12 PM
I have voted for a new club (but wouldn't be against the young Samsami either)

With Saints, I think you have a great chance to bow out with honour on an absolute high

samsami
03-06-16, 09:57 PM
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Finally silverware again for Saints!!

On Sunday 17th May we played Tottenham Hotspur in front of a crowd of 41,085 who were there to see Saints make history!

Because Kongolo, Bender and Clasie are banned and Lallana is injured we had Van Dijk, Soares, Wanyama and Tadic replace them. These four faithful subs were all needed to help us win the first trophy since 1976!

While our fans were excited, our players could barely control their nerves. Two years in a row we had lost the title race to Chelsea by the narrowest of margins. We could not let this happen again!

We started somewhat cautiously but nevertheless we attacked full out and the first chance was a free kick when Sturridge had been pushed by Kane. It was in a good position; Goretzka fired in the free kick but the ball took a deflection off the wall and went just wide!

Then, with just 11 minutes on the clock Alexis Sánchez played a one-two with Soares and got into the area, drove the ball at goal and scored!! Edwards never saw it, but soon after that goal Chelsea also scored a goal at Stamford Bridge!
And things were heating up in London as Man City equalised just five minutes later. And they even took the lead so that our fans already began to celebrate, but there was still almost an hour remaining!

Nevertheless, things looked good for us and it got even better when Alli was sent off for head-butting Wanyama in a moment of total madness!!

So at half-time we were still 1-0 up, but at Stamford Bridge Chelsea unexpectedly equalised two minutes into extra time!

In the second half we played more cautiously. We did not need to score now, but then at Stamford Bridge Chelsea scored again and with the Blues leading 3-2 we needed a second goal now.

With just twenty minutes remaining tension was mounting when City scored against Chelsea! And a minute later Goretzka blasted the ball towards the top corner and found the back of the net for us!

Those two goals did it and although the last twenty minutes were still tense, we were no longer in any real doubt that we would make it. Spurs never came close to scoring and with four minutes remaining there was even another goal for City at Stamford Bridge which sealed Chelsea's fate.

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The miracle has happened! Saints have finally won a trophy again since the FA Cup 44 years ago!!

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We finally, finally ended the season at the top of the table!

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Just like the past two years the title race ended in a photo-finish!

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The first Premier League title for Saints and the first trophy in over 4 decades!

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ebfatz
03-06-16, 10:16 PM
Huge Congratulations to you.

You finally got there!

Not Southampton's first trophy ever by the way. They won the FA Cup in 1976. Certainly first for a long time though.

I've voted for a new start. If the news is to be believed, a certain Dutchman may be going to Everton. That might be good.

CMCZ
04-06-16, 01:39 PM
With the win of the championship this story has a great ending! Personally I prefer a story with a new club (or young Samsami)

samsami
05-06-16, 09:10 AM
Because of the votes I will sign a one-year (or at the very most, two-year) contract with Saints to try and achieve success in Europe.

I will create a follow-up story for this, called "Oh when the Saints..."

After that it will be a story about the young Samsami. Or perhaps I could even do both of them simultaneously...