Pellegrino reflects on St Gallen stalemate

By SFC Media Sat 15 Jul St Gallen v Saints
Photo by Simon Hausberger (Getty Images)

Mauricio Pellegrino was pleased to experience a physically demanding encounter with St Gallen at the start of pre-season.

Southampton drew 0-0 with the Swiss side at the end of their opening training camp of the summer, as they hopped over the Austrian border for the match before heading back home.

Pellegrino effectively used two different sides for the game, switching things around for the second half, as plenty of players got a run out.

"It was a difficult game, because the pitch from the beginning was too dry from my point of view," said the Saints boss.

"We couldn't see too many things on a technical level, or on an attacking level, because we couldn't give many passes to try to be more on the opponents' end of the pitch, to try to create more attempts, or get into in wide areas that we were expecting from the beginning.

"In the second half, more or less it was the same dynamic. But it was a physically demanding game and, for us, as the first one, more or less I am happy for that."

Pellegrino, who gave plenty of the club's youngsters game time, said the game and the week was a positive experience for them.

"You know that we are working with a lot of young players who we are watching," he said.

"I want to give the opportunity to everyone and, for that reason, we are mixing the young with the players with the more experience.

"We have a lot of work to do, but I have confidence that we will be much better in the next few weeks."