We're getting there, says Saints boss Koeman

By SFC Media time Sat 02 Aug First team

Ronald Koeman is happy with how his players’ fitness levels are building as they enter the final fortnight of pre-season training.

Southampton made it five wins from as many pre-season matches on Thursday night, beating Sky Bet Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1.

And the new boss is happy with how things are shaping up after their latest pre-season victory: “Little by little, the team will be in good physical shape,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“We played good football [against Brighton], and I’m happy about that. I think in the beginning we were a bit too slow and we didn’t really have control of the match but, after ten or 15 minutes, we played well. 

“We had good positional play and scored good goals – the second was important because it was just before half-time.

“It was not a clean sheet, which is a pity because we were a little bit sloppy at the end of the match, but maybe that’s a physical question.

“We had total control in the second half but maybe we put the tempo down a little. Still, 3-1 is a good win.”

Ryan Bertrand became Koeman’s third Saints signing earlier this week, and made an immediate debut as he played the opening half of Thursday’s game.

And the coach is now targeting further additions ahead of his team’s Barclays Premier League opener against Liverpool in just over a fortnight’s time.

“We have to bring in new players to have the real competition in the squad that we need in order to play a good season,” he affirmed. 

“We hope to bring in maybe two or three players this weekend, and then we’ll have two weeks to prepare ourselves in the best way to play well against Liverpool.”

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