Southampton have upset many teams in their good start to the season, something that didn’t look likely just 10 months ago.
Mauricio Pochettino took over from Nigel Adkins in late January, and many thought that was harsh on Adkins and that Southampton would struggle under their new manager, making them potential relegation candidates.
Doubters thought that Pochettino’s chances of having a job with the Saints at this point of the year were as good as his English, something he is yet to master.
What he has mastered though is a Southampton side that seem established as being part of the Premier League. He started well, with a 0-0 draw to Everton and then a 3-1 win at home to then champions Man City (Remember Joe Hart what seemed a standard shot at his body?)
From there his side went from strength to strength, finishing 14th, five points above danger but never looking like going down.
This season has started in an even better fashion, and Southampton currently find themselves fifth from nine games, something that must feel like a dream to their fans.
The reality is that they deserve to be where they are, currently above both Manchester clubs. They have lost once, away to Norwich, and compared to other results that is the one they feel they should have done better. They have upset Liverpool at Anfield 1-0 and got a draw at Old Trafford. They have also beaten tough opponents in West Brom and Swansea.
It is this sort of form that will see them stay in the upper regions of the league and their next six games will determine whether they have the determination to upset the somewhat established top seven or eight teams.
They face Stoke at The Britannia tomorrow before hosting Hull next week. They then face Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City in the league. If they can pick up 10 points from that difficult selection then they will have proved they are there to stay at the top.
It seems Pochettino has come in to St Mary’s and turned the club around. With some new signings and getting the best out of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, he really has showed the Saints are a forced to be reckoned with.
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