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Southampton boss Pellegrino frustrated with Swansea stalemate

Southampton boss Pellegrino frustrated with Swansea stalemate

Claude Puel was given the push after a dismal end to last season, when his team managed just one win and four goals from their last eight games.

Whilst the result will have pretty much zero impact on the final standings, the draw sees the Saints occupy eighth, with the game at St. Mary's being the only goalless match-up since the Premier League returned.

Gabbiadini's header clipped the top of the crossbar, while Tadic could not steer the ball beyond Lukasz Fabianski after Ryan Bertrand's marauding run down the left. "And we have to keep going". He has only made two signings so far, most notably midfielder Mario Lemina from Juventus.

But it's a fair bet that the Gabon worldwide will soon be a permanent fixture in the Saints team if this is the best that his new team-mates can do.

"The only situation that's important at the moment is the Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer situation". He said that the transfer window should shut before the start of the season and defended his...

At least Clement could take heart from Abraham's first Premier League start, with the 19-year-old leading the line willingly despite the lack of support he needed to seriously trouble Southampton.

That became an all too regular occurrence for the hosts as Swansea defended deeply in search of an opening day point on the road.

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Only once in their previous 10 Premier League seasons had the Saints claimed all three points on the first weekend, and they were unable to improve that record despite dominating proceedings.

Amid growing speculation over captain Virgil van Dijk's desire to leave, Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has insisted no player is bigger than the team. As a manager you can look and work in the way how to create chances, how to play in wide areas in the corridor in front and behind defenders.

"We controlled the game, we controlled the opponent, especially in the second half".

"I think all of us at the club, the technical director, me as a manager, we know that Virgil is an important part of the club".

"I don't really understand why it goes to the end of August".

"But he worked hard, he had one good chance, and he'll get better for us, there's no doubt about that". I want the best players available'. "I'm sure they will be disappointed and think "how have we not won".


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