With Jose Mourinho coming to St. Mary's on Sunday, it was important that Southampton got a positive result at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and they did just that.
In an all-round pleasing 3-0 display that has seen the end of Neil Warnock's reign at Crystal Palace, there were a lot of positives to take into the somewhat more daunting challenge of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
In particular the performance of man of the match Sadio Mane was extremely satisfying. Having looked a world-beater in his...
Southampton's Toby Alderweireld began 2014 playing alongside Diego Costa and ends it trying to shackle a player he believes is one of the best in the world.
This has been quite the year for the 25-year-old, having made the loan move to Saints fresh from helping Belgium to the World Cup quarter-finals and Atletico Madrid shock the football world.
Alderweireld was part of the Los Colchoneros side which won a first Primera Division title in 18 years and came off the bench in the Champions League final,...
Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld is well aware that the prospect of trying to stop former Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa when Premier League leaders Chelsea visit St Mary's on Sunday will be one of his toughest tests of the season.
Alderweireld began 2014 playing alongside Costa at the Spanish champions and ends it trying to contain a player he believes is one of the best in the world.
This has been quite the year for the 25-year-old, having made the loan move to Saints fresh from helping...