With Southampton beginning their second season in the premier league rather calmly with low scoring matches and with two victories out of their first five games, some have called Southampton “The Swansea” of this oncoming season.
Southampton have already been labelled the dark horses this season with a very impressive 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield over the weekend which very few teams can say they have done. The constant pressure that they put on Liverpool throughout the whole match whether it was in attack or defence showed Southampton’s purpose this season.
One of Southampton’s positives from the victory was one of their key signings, defender, Dejan Lovren who scored the goal and was a brick wall in defence. He played an integral part in commanding southampton’s back line and along with an incredible performance by Southampton’s sought after young talent, Luke Shaw, also helped to get Southampton’s counter attacks constantly put Liverpool under pressure.
The main reason for Southampton’s hopes and high expectations from the fans came from their record breaking summer signings, Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Italy international Daniel Osvaldo along with extending Luke Shaw’s contract. having these four players seemed to immediately cement their place in the Premier League for the coming years and also shows manager, Mauricio Pochettino’s purpose for making Southampton a very tough team to face and also making St. Mary’s a very hard place to get a victory at.
Being dubbed the “Swansea” of this season came from the surprise package that Swansea were last season finishing ninth. They created a strong reputation for themselves buying player like Michu last season at a very cheap price and performing very highly making them a very tough team to beat, especially under the management of one of the greatest players of all time, Michael Laudrup.
Southampton have followed on from what Swansea achieved last season and have made a name for themselves after buying well over the summer and performing very well against a team like Liverpool who had their unbeaten run ended by Southampton.
Things are looking up for the Saints and perhaps this is just the start for greater things to come.