Koeman admits surprise at Southampton form

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that he is surprised at the impressive start that his side have made to the season, Daily Mirror has reported.

Many people predicted them to struggle after losing a number of key players during the summer, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren all leaving for top Premier League sides, but new signings Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Fraser Forster among others have so far proved more than able replacements.

The South coast club lost their first game of the season at Liverpool, but have since picked up five wins and a draw from the last seven matches including Saturday’s 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland, lifting them up to third in the table and earning Koeman the September Manager of the Month award.

This run has surprised the Dutchman, who took over from Mauricio Pochettino in June. He said: “I was confident in the club, because after talking to the board I knew of course that Southampton had a good academy, good young players and I knew that some key players left the club, but we had opportunities to sign new players.

“The club is like a family and that brings confidence but of course, the expectation was not so high in the beginning. The expectation now is much more. I didn’t expect this good start of the season of course. I have to be realistic.”

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