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 By Chris Rann
39 minutes ago

Koeman must ensure Southampton avoid complacency vs. Stoke

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman contends that Stoke will be a difficult team to fend off.

Ronald Koeman has a big problem ahead of Saturday's clash with Stoke City at St. Mary's: The weight of expectation.

How do you follow up an 8-0 victory? With great difficulty. Unfortunately, the nature of the modern football fan is all about the now, and there won't be many heading to the South Coast for this game who won't be demanding another convincing win. Managing that level of expectancy and also drumming into the players that they shouldn't get complacent will possibly a far more difficult...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Dirk Kuyt en route to Southampton, Liverpool's summer spree falls flat

The ESPN FC crew give their take on the war of words between QPR's Adel Taarabt and Harry Redknapp over Taarabt's fitness.
Netherlands international Dirk Kuyt could be making a move from Fenerbahce to Southampton and the Premier League in January.

Wait, the transfer window is closed? That's news to the Transfer Talk crew. There are still plenty of transfer-related rumours around the world.

Kuyt could fly in Southampton

Just in from The Mirror, Dirk Kuyt might be making his way to the Premier League from Turkish League powerhouse Fenerbahce during the winter window.

Ronald Koeman is overseeing an impressive start to Southampton's season so far this season, with his squad sitting third in the table with 16 points in their first eight games....

 By Chris Rann
4 days ago

Southampton's hunger for success has no end in sight

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said he was surprised with the 8-0 scoreline against Sunderland, but 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.


 By Chris Rann
Oct 16, 2014

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...