Southampton playing with freedom not afforded to rivals

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Ronald Koeman's Southampton side are playing with a freedom and confidence that their Premier League rivals are not afforded.

For whilst there is no pressure on the Saints side currently sitting in second place in the Barclay's Premier League, the teams around them are expected to be up there with them

Especially for the teams who aren't in an expected position, there is added pressure to win games and make their way up the table.

Dangerous team to face

The freedom and confidence that Southampton are playing with makes Ronald Koeman's high-fliers a very tough team too face.

For they are currently floating on a wave of optimism, and everything they seem to do is coming off. They are almost unable to do anything wrong at the moment.

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Coming up against a side with that confidence about them is always going to be a challenge, especially because of the freedom that it gives their players. The Southampton team will enter the pitch feeling that if they play their natural game, they will win.

Others not so lucky

The problem for everybody else, is that they higher expectations than Southampton did, and that can cause problems.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United would have started the season expecting to finish in the top four. Whilst Chelsea and Manchester City were predicted to fight for the title.

Under pressure

The pressure that puts on them from the beginning of the season is immense and is not so easy to cope with. Should one of the big clubs fail to win one or two matches, there is suddenly a media frenzy that puts the entire club under pressure.

Whilst the top clubs struggle, Southampton still do not have that problem and every win breeds more confidence that they could go on to achieve something very special this season.

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