Southampton has risen from grass to grace in the English Premier League after a disappointing start to the season. The second half of the league is surely going well for them as they are paying back all their disappointment with good coins. Also Watford and Everton are also rising beyond the expections of fans from the start of the season.
Southampton’s sweet development
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl came out after their remarkable away win over Brendan Rodgers’s side. He insisted that troop’s victory over Leicester City was not about revenge for their 9-0 thrashing in October last year. The manager said is his team’s relentless effort and hard work adding to it he said it must have tasted pretty sweet.
Ralph Hasenhuttl expressed his joy over the massive comeback of his team to the league. He said: “we didn’t want to have revenge. We wanted to show ourselves how far we are now in our development. This was the only target we had.” He said all this after their 2-1 victory over Leicester City.
The Saints has the record of the team to have conceded more goals in a single match in the 2019/20 season after the 9-0 humiliation. The club has proven to be up to task as they have been able to beat almost all the teams that won them in first half of the season.
The 9-0 thrashing is the club’s worst result in its 134-years of existence. It equaled the biggest thumping in Premier League history and left Saints mired in the relegation places. The players showed their disappointment as they donated their wages for that week to charity.
The Come-back for Southampton
Before the November international break, Southampton was only able to secure eight points from their opening 12 fixtures. But since the start of the season the club with a record good as theirs is league leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City. Over the past ten games they have been able to revitalize the team.
Almost all the teams that won them in the first half of the season at home they have been able to avenge it. Chelsea won them in the Saint Mary Stadium 2-0, while Tottenham won them 2-1 before Leicester City thrashed them 9-0. All this games were played in the Saint Mary Stadium and it all happened in the first half of the season. The second half of the season have them beating all three teams. They won Chelsea at Stanford Bridge 2-0, Spurs 2-1 and Leicester City 2-1, all away matches.
One player to give thanks will be the club’s striker Danny Ings, who took his goal tally to 16 for the season, with 15 in his past 17 games. The 27-year-old’s Premier League second highest goal scorer has been on fire since the start of the season. He has helped his team reach where they are now through his goals and many are demanding for his return to the National team.
Carlo Ancelotti the Transformer
Everton new boss Carlo Ancelotti has restored a kind of normalcy to the Godson Park players since his arrival. Marco Silva who was managing the team before Ancelotti came was at the verge of taking the team to relegation. They were just few points above the relegation zone, after the sack of Marco Silva and appointment of Ancelotti things has changed.
They have since amassed 20 points from 10 games to leap from 19th to level with 10th-placed Arsenal in the table. Everton are now just six points from a Europa League position and eight clear of the drop zone. While Hasenhuttl has been busy making the case for clubs sticking with their manager, Ancelotti and Nigel Pearson are doing a commendable job in forwarding the opposite argument at Everton and Watford respectively.
The Italian former Chelsea boss marked his 40th home Premier League game with a 1-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday. That result takes his home clean sheet percentage to a staggering 60%. The highest of anyone to manage 40 or more home games in the competition.
Everton are sure eyeing a higher spot in the league as the manager is not one who new to the business. Carlo Anceslotti has managed Real Madrid, Chelsea, Napoli, AC Milan, Juve, PSG and Bayern Munich amongst others. The manager is set to rebuild Everton.