Southampton's scoring woes continue in 0-0 draw vs Swansea

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

The Argentinian was appointed after Southampton sacked Claude Puel, who guided the Saints to the League Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League last term, with club officials wanting a more attacking style of football than that played under the Frenchman.

Since the speculation surrounding Van Dijk's future at the club began, he has been forced to train away from the first-team, however Pellegrino added he actually hasn't trained at all over the last two days due to a supposed "virus".

The Swans drew their Premier League opener 0-0 at Southampton on Saturday, with Sigurdsson sitting out as he continues to be linked with a big-money switch to Everton.

One major positive for Pellegrino was the support the team were given by the Saints fans. I've talked with him twice, and the club was clear with him. "Hopefully he can change his point of view to be with us in the next few weeks".

"They also want to press higher up the pitch and it will be really tough for us".

"We did everything to win the game but we couldn't".

"I can't manage all the situations like some players being outside the team; it's not my responsibility", he added.

Tadic, like many others of his team, had multiple efforts on the Swansea goal but when his moment came calling again with ten minutes to go it was Lukasz Fabianski who stepped in to deny him as he made an excellent save from a 25-yard piledriver.

Dusan Tadic had a great chance to put Southampton ahead just three minutes later after another Bertrand cross found the Saints man under no pressure but the striker then somehow side-footed wide. "I'm sure they will be disappointed and think "how have we not won". "We controlled the ball, created chances but this is football - you have to get goals and we couldn't do so", he said.

"Swansea is a good team, they were ready to attack us but we were well balanced and that was the key to controlling the game in the second half".

"As a manager, you can work on the way to create chances, on the way to control the game, but to have the courage to score goals is something that is hard".

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