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 By Chris Rann
14 hours ago

Southampton's hunger for success has no end in sight

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman noted he was quite surprised with the 8-nil score line against Sunderland, but was quite pleased with his side's ambition to score more goals.

It's not often that I am at a loss as to where to start, but like most Saints fans I am still reveling in the 8-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

It was everything you hope that a football match will be when you hand over your well-earned cash in the name of supporting your team. It was almost too good to believe. The crazy thing is it looked like the game might go the way that most meetings with the visitors do, as they were the ones who took the initiative in the opening 20 minutes.

Once...

 By Chris Rann
3 days ago

Saints wary of a familiar foe, with a response to Spurs defeat needed

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was disappointed by the result, but not his side's performance.

After the return to domestic action from international duty, Ronald Koeman will be itching to get his Southampton players on to the Staplewood training pitch to put right what went wrong in their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham last time out.

A home game with Sunderland, on paper at least, would seem to represent the ideal game to get back on track. If you were a bookmaker this would surely go down as a home banker, but if defeat at Spurs last week taught us anything it is that Saints' results against "bogey...

Oct 7, 2014

Barcelona, Southampton and Marseille among the surprises of the season

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses FC Barcelona's start to their La Liga campaign.

The season may be just over a month old, and the briefness of that time can temporarily distort longer-term realities, but that doesn't mean there haven't been a few distinctive surprises about the season so far.

Here, with a moment to finally pause as international week begins, ESPN FC picks out the most eye-catching early trends across Europe.

Barcelona's defence

It isn't just that Luis Enrique's team have set a new Spanish record with seven clean sheets from their opening seven La Liga games;...

 By Chris Rann
Oct 6, 2014

Loss to Tottenham a necessary reality check for Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was disappointed by the result, but not his side's performance.

It all felt a little like Saints needed to get this game out of their system so the supporters and players could go about the rest of the season with this particular monkey off their back. Much like the opening weekend fixture against Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert's Liverpool at Anfield, Sunday's game with ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino was an unnecessary distraction.

Like that season opener, Sunday's game also ended in defeat, and again it was a little unfortunate. Southampton didn't play particularly...

Oct 5, 2014

Three Points: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Southampton -- Pochettino gets liftoff

LONDON -- A trio of thoughts on Spurs' 1-0 home win over Southampton as Christian Eriksen scored the winner.

1. Pochettino gets liftoff

For Mauricio Pochettino, it took a step back in time to potentially make a huge stride for the future. Victory over Southampton brought three points to put his new club into sixth -- the kind of league position that is expected at White Hart Lane. That the win came against his old club was symbolic.

Up until now, it hadn't exactly been the greatest start to the season...

Oct 4, 2014

Southampton's rise is due to being a "selling club" with a purpose

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne and Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey have been included in the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson.

In August 2009, Swiss businessman Marcus Liebherr purchased a Southampton club which, at the time, was in administration, had debts of 30 million pounds and had just been relegated into English football's third tier.

Today, Southampton is at the top of English football, sitting in third place in the Premier League just behind perennial powerhouse, Chelsea.

The question is, how have Southampton achieved this meteoric rise?

Much of the credit for Southampton's financial turnaround, at least,...