Southampton fans should be praying their side's stunning 3-1 win at Chelsea on Saturday will not pave the way for Jose Mourinho's departure from Stamford Bridge -- because his successor could have been standing in the opposition technical area.
During his 16-month tenure at Southampton, Ronald Koeman has more than proved he has the skillset to take charge of one of Europe's elite clubs. Surely he will not be overlooked forever.
With Mourinho and Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers coming under scrutiny,...
LONDON -- Three thoughts on Southampton's 3-1 win vs. Chelsea in the Premier League.
1. Chelsea are falling apart
Perhaps worst of all for Chelsea was that this result was not much of a surprise. Southampton, like a growing number of Premier League opponents, had the tools to pull Chelsea apart.
The visitors' goals, from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, were exposures of weak points. Mane was the main destroyer, with his high-speed running and intelligent movement light years ahead...
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand will have a point to prove to both Jose Mourinho and England coach Roy Hodgson when he returns to Chelsea on Saturday.
With broken leg victim Luke Shaw and Everton star Leighton Baines facing spells on the sidelines, Bertrand knows he will never get a better opportunity to make himself England's first choice left-back.
That his recall to the Three Lions squad for the upcoming European qualifiers arrived in the week of Southampton's trip to his former home is justification...
What a difference a week makes for Virgil van Dijk!
The Dutch defender was left with twisted blood after a chastening encounter with Manchester United's man of the moment, Anthony Martial, during Southampton's 3-2 defeat by the new Premier League leaders on Sunday.
But van Dijk bounced back by showing his worth at both ends of the pitch as Ronald Koeman's men defeated Swansea 3-1 on Saturday.
The commanding centre-back was ferried to St. Mary's more for his steely qualities than his scoring prowess,...
Southampton against Swansea may not be viewed as one of the Premier League glamour fixtures by anybody outside the two localities, but Saturday's opponents should be celebrated for all that is good in the money-driven world of modern day football.
When Ronald Koeman said at his pre-match media briefing on Thursday that there were comparisons between his Southampton team and their visitors from south Wales, he may not have been aware of how deep the parallels run.
There is nothing Ronald Koeman hates more than losing to Louis van Gaal, but there were plenty of reasons for the Southampton manager to be cheerful after Sunday's 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United.
Barring a defensive nightmare from Maya Yoshida -- proving it wasn't a dream weekend for all Japanese sportsmen following his country's shock Rugby World Cup win over South Africa -- it is likely Koeman would have been toasting victory over his old enemy.