London - Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has said his
squad will take time to gel this season after a busy transfer window that saw a
number of key players leaving and several new faces being brought in.
The Saints have undergone a massive overhaul for the second
successive summer and have brought in seven new players after losing Toby
Alderweireld, Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne.
They lost Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert,
Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw before the start of last season but silenced the
doubters with a strong start and eventually earned an Europa League spot.
"That was exceptionally good, because the adaptation of
most of the players -- most of the front players -- was exceptional and now in
the whole organisation in the team it's a little bit different," the
52-year-old Koeman was quoted as saying by the Daily Echo.
"I'm not nervous, I'm convinced in the team and the
players and we will show that in the next couple of weeks.
"I don't have any doubts about the players of those
positions but it needs time, and the whole team needs the time to develop like
last season," he added.
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Saints lost 3-0 to Everton at the weekend and will look to
bounce back in their Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland on Thursday
Koeman said they will be wary of the Danish champions'
threat from set-pieces.
"Normally last season we were the best team in
defending corner kicks," the former Ajax manager said. "They have the
qualities, they have the set pieces, they have the throw-ins and, of course, we
need attention in that.
"We know that they have a number two who has throw-ins
like corner kicks and we need attention in that, because it is the most easy
way to score a goal."
Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama, who scored for former club
Celtic in their famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona, is hoping for a special
"Scoring against Barcelona is good for any player,
especially for me it was a really good night and one of the best moments in my
career," the 23-year-old Kenyan international said.
"We don't have limits. It's game by game. Hopefully we
are going to do better and we will see what happens.
"We have a lot of experience with our manager, he has
been there, so I believe we can go far," Wanyama added.For
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