Ronald Koeman cup approach refreshing for Saints fans

Koeman has fielded a strong team in each round so far (©GettyImages)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman's approach to the cup competitions this year is a refreshing change for the Southampton faithful.

Many were angered by Mauricio Pochettino's weakened team that played and lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup last season when a shot at the final beckoned. However Koeman has fielded a strong side in all three rounds so far, and having seen off Millwall, Arsenal and Stoke so far, his side has the ability to go all the way.

Strong line-ups

It was clear from the moment Southampton entered the Capital One Cup at Millwall, that manager Koeman was going to give everything to make it to the latter stages.

Although he gave a debut to youngster Matt Targett in the tie at The Den, the rest of the starting eleven was more-or-less the same as the previous weekend in the Premier League.


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Since then his side have faced Arsenal and Stoke City, both on enemy territory, and come away victorious. This has made Koeman the toast of St. Mary's and having secured a favourable last eight match with Sheffield United, they could go all the way.

Change in approach

The difference is another positive to add to the already mounting list in Koeman's favour as Southampton boss.

Unlike his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, who seemingly surrendered a chance at a decent cup run to Sunderland who went on to lose to finalists Hull City in the next round, Koeman is unlikely to be so easily beaten.

The Dutchman does not seem to be taking any competition lightly this season, with his side second in the Premier League and on a good cup run. This refreshing change has seen Koeman become an instant favourite on the south Coast, and if they make it all the way, who knows what might be next for the 51-year-old.

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