Pellegrino: I sense the fans' passion

By SFC Media Fri 21 Jul Brentford vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino says he can already feel the passion of Southampton's supporters after hearing his team will be backed by a sold-out away crowd in their pre-season friendly at Brentford.

Saints will have 1,500 fans watching them at Griffin Park tomorrow, with an additional allocation of tickets having been snapped up earlier this week after the first batch were all taken up.

Pellegrino was thrilled to find out that so many will be making the journey to London for what is only the team's second match of the summer.

you can feel the passion of the supporters.

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southampton manager

"It's really nice, because this will be our first game here close to Southampton and to hear this news is really nice, because you can feel the passion of the supporters, and we will try to do our best," he said.

"We know this is a friendly game, but, for me, the important thing is to translate to the people what we want to do on the pitch."

The Brentford game comes in between last week's training camp in Austria and next week's visit to France, and Pellegrino said the intense work has been continuing over the past few days at Staplewood.

"We were working really hard this week," he said. "We played Wednesday 90 minutes, with two separate groups playing 45 minutes [in a behind-closed-doors game], but we continued working in double sessions yesterday and today we will prepare the game for tomorrow."

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