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Team vs. Burnley
at 15:01 24 Feb 2018

Southampton:
McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Carillo
Subs: Gabbiadini, Boufal, Sims, Hojbjerg, Bednarek, Pied, Forster

Well, Redmond's back, don't know what to think of it. Would have preferred Gabbi on the left side, or Boufal, who may not be fully fit.
At least it's not that defensive with Hojbjerg out and Tadic probably as Nr. 10.
Bookies have us as favourite, quite surprising. Hope they are proved right!
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Tactics vs. Swansea
at 14:25 20 Sep 2016

Am I the only one who thought that our Formation vs. Swansea didn't look a lot like that Diamond anymore?
Especially Tadic seemed to Play very similar to last year, spent lots of time on the right wing, even when we were attacking, receiving the ball near the touch line and trying to Play Cedric in or delivering a cross. With Long (and sometimes Redmond) playing on the other wing a lot of the time. Even the Goal came from such a Situation, with Tadic near the touchline at first and then delivering for Austin.
It was a good game to watch (apart from the misses of course), but I thought maybe the players are starting to find their own Interpretation of what Puel wants them to do - so that it fits them.
The disadvantage of this is, that with this formation Redmond, who I guess was supposed to Play on the tip as a 10, was our main striker in the end, where for sure Long/Austin are needed.
I guess that Redmond will come good, but Puel puts that much weight on his shoulder through his words and public expectations, and through playing him every Minute as the main striker (except EL) and constantly substituting others (no matter how they Play), that it seems to affect him. 1 Goal and no assist from 470 minutes just isn't enough for being the first Name on the Team sheet.

To me it looked like the Players forgot a bit about the new Formation and switched back into the old successful one - and it worked perfectly. You just have to put Redmond out to the wing now, get Austin/Long inside and we will for sure come good and see some exciting games in the near future like the last ones...
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Tadic
at 17:05 1 May 2016

What a gifted player he is. Of course you can't produce magic like this every ten minutes, but what a different level of creativity there is, when he is playing...
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How to line up today?
at 12:38 28 Dec 2015

When I read the line-up on Saturday my first thought we would maybe really play a 4-4-2, which I was very happy with. But at the start of the game it was the usual 4-2-3-1, but it seemed to "naturallly" change to a 4-4-2 during the game. This is what's best for these players, what underlines their strengths. Long and Mane are no pure wingers, they can terrify any defense with their pace and they need the freedom to move to do so. And they need to save their energy for their runs and not have to chase back too often as RK normally wants from his "wingers".
I read about an injury to Clasie, when to me it seemed like it was just a cramp. So I would hope he is fit for the game today, as we finally start to see what his quick movement of the ball and his intention to pass Forward can bring to the Team. Especially with two such incredibly pacy Forwards.
I would only make one change as only JWP again looked a bit lost in there - and Bertrand obviously hits a good set-piece too... I would let this team play a 4-4-2, as it wants to Play like that anyway. So I would go for Tadic instead of JWP, put him on top of a midfield-diamond, so he can play Long/Mane perfectly in - like he did with his great assist for Long.

Stek
Martina Fonte VvD Bertrand
Wanyama
Davis Clasie
Tadic
Mane Long

This of course won't happen as RK will stay with his 4-2-3-1, but maybe the players will again find their own Interpretation...
And I hope Clasie will continue to improve and he is getting used to the tempo of the game, as this position is a very vital one for our game... I think he has the perfect abilities for this, he could add something we've been missing...
West Ham have some problems with injuries, so we can go there with confidence and play for a win...
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Our formation vs. City
at 08:08 27 Nov 2015

I guess this is what our formation will be like, with Yoshida in "as a better defender" and Long replacing Pelle and no change of the system. Maybe the midfield could do with more steel in Romeu and maybe Davis and Mane could be swapped like at Chelsea last season when Pelle was out, but Koeman seemed to hint he will be playing Mane on the wing and Romeu did not get in the team for similar games in the past, so I'm pretty sure about this:

Stekelenburg
Yoshida Fonte van Dijk Bertrand
Wanyama Clasie
Mane Davis Tadic
Long


And this is what spontaneously comes to my mind when thinking of riding counter-attacks and running at their defense as has happened to City against Liverpool... And when thinking about having to win a lot of midfield battles to get the possibility of counter attacks and soak up some pressure:

Stekelenburg
Soares Fonte van Dijk Bertrand
Clasie Wanyama Romeu
Tadic
Long Mane

To use all available pace, upfront and on the wings, with Soares and Bertrand being well covered by three defensive midfielders (with added physical presence in Romeu) and therefore with the license to join the attack more like wing backs. Tadic and Clasie (and maybe even Romeu) should be the ones to pic the passes for our speedy attacks and our advancing full backs...

Anyway, of course i would be happy if we somehow grab a point there!
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Sunderland - Southampton Live
at 14:10 7 Nov 2015

The teams are in, and Ronald Koeman makes two changes to the side that beat Bournemouth last weekend. James Ward-Prowse comes in for the suspended Victor Wanyama, while Maya Yoshida starts at right back in place of Cédric Soares.

THE TEAMS

SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Jones, Coates, Kaboul, Yedlin, Toivonen, M'Vila, Gomez, Watmore, Johnson, Fletcher.

Subs: Mannone, Van Aanholt, Brown, Rodwell, Lens, Borini, Defoe.

SOUTHAMPTON: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, S Davis, Mané, Tadić, Pellè.

Subs: K Davis, Cédric, Caulker, Martina, Romeu, Juanmi, Seager.


I wouldn't say I'm too happy with that...
Cedric for sure should play against an opponent when you need fast and offensive FBs to widen the game...
And with JWP, Clasie and Davis our midfield is very small and lightweight.
I'm still convinced it will be too much for Sunderland but I would be less nervous with Cedric and Romeu starting...

This link normally worked good if you look for a stream to watch:
http://www.saints-player.co.nr/
[Post edited 7 Nov 2015 14:12]
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What would you do when...
at 07:09 14 Sep 2015

... after some quite bad start to the season with a quite easy draw, two of your players are being linked of leaving. One of them goes on a strike and refuses to play, the other one doesn't care about it and puts in a MOTM-Performance in creating all three goals in the first league win of the season.
I think the best thing you could do is benching another on of the top-performers of that 3-0 win (in fact of all season) in Romeu and better start the player that went on strike and wasn't really good in the weeks before neither. And of course you should bench the guy that created three goals for not having the nuts to go on strike too.
And after doing that, you would wonder why the passing in midfield is so much slower than in the win and why there isn't anyone posing a real threat to their defence. And after realising this you take off your only FB, that might create something, and put on a CB, to make sure the scoreline won't change.
And afterwards you are happy about the clean sheet and another point away from home - a very valuable one against Relegation, cause you still didnt play anyone of last years top six and despite that are on just 1.2 Points per game...

Btw VvD seems to be another very good buy - RK obviously has absolute top knowledge about the market. But sometimes he really should be assisted in his picking and in tactics - or give an open statement that this season really is about avoiding relegation. You don't really wonder about players wanting out, when you watch us from the start tactically going for goalless draws at clubs like Midtjylland, Watford and WBA - which shows our ambition.
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Leicester vs Saints
at 13:56 9 May 2015

Let's hope RK really changes some things as he told at the press conference. Most important Thing of course would be moving Alderweireld back in defence. And I hope for Mane playing as AM through the middle...
I guess Davis will be back in the team and two of Djuricic/Elia/Long will play...
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Saints vs. Spurs
at 12:15 25 Apr 2015

Teamsheets:

Southampton: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Bertrand, Alderweireld, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Mané, Pellè. Substitutes: Gazzaniga (GK), Gardos, Long, Tadić, Elia, Reed, Targett.


Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c), Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Chadli, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane. Substitutes: Vorm (GK), Chiriches, Soldado, Yedlin, Townsend, Dembele, Stambouli.
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KD vs FF
at 17:37 11 Apr 2015

I think the evidence is here now... 1 Goal conceded in 3 matches - it's obvious the clean sheet statistic's got not too much to do with our keeper. It's the defence and the defensive tactical approach to nearly every game... Statistics never tell the whole story...

In fact Kelvin worries me less than Forster did, at least till now. He even got off his line once today on a tried through ball, when I'm sure Forster wouldn't have come, which was important. That one bad kick luckily fell for Fonte and there's been one nice save but had nothing outstanding to do. Like Forster normally.
I personally like Kelvin's presence on the pitch, he makes me feel calmer. It doesn't look like a downgrade by now to me...
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Tactics
at 08:24 13 Feb 2015

I have to say I've been somewhat surprised that RK did put Reed AND Wanyama into our midfield, when there was to be expected that West Ham would have come to just park the bus. Of course they both had good games and WH didn't create anything, but I think from the start and especially in the second half a more offensive approach should have been taken. When the subsitutions have been made, everyone knew about that, so Tadic should have come on for a defensive midfielder, not for Elia. And with WH virtually down to 9 men and obviously no intent to attack, who needs 4 defenders then? Gardos/Yoshida out, Djuricic in, JWP playing wide for deliveries.

In addition to this it is weird how the players are afraid to shoot from 20m and how nervous they get when they finally decide to do it... With just a centre half (Fonte) showing the way it should be and putting of a decent shot from outside the area even with his weaker foot. When noone seems to be able to shoot, the defense doesn't have to come out to attack the ball, so no spaces for passing are created...
We are doing something great this season, somehting that makes everybody around the club proud, but despite of that some of the players still are afraid to take some responsibility which was for some reason given to Yoshida all the time - who for sure is not the right player to deliver...
Still could have won it of course if not for some poor touch by Tadic, Mane not going down for a penalty when Aldrian tackled his legs from behind, Pelle trying to force it too much or the vital block on Clyne from close range. But I wonder if we need such a defensive approach in a home game, where the opponent is expected to just have come for a draw anyway...
Liverpool will be a different game though and you might of course operate with two defensive midfielders in such a game...

Btw I like the very fast development Reed seems to make on the pitch, who starts to add some confidence to his fighting spirit and does not play the short pass all the time any more...
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