Pellegrino pleased by Saints' spirit

By SFC Media Fri 08 Sep Saints v Watford
Photo by James Bridle | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino has hailed the unrelenting desire for improvement in his Southampton squad, ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Watford.

Saints remain unbeaten in the league after a win and two draws in their opening three games before the international break.

And, while that is a good platform from which they can build, Pellegrino has called upon his side to continue to try and learn as they move forward.

“I think that every single game is an opportunity to improve and to learn from the past few games,” Pellegrino said.

“In the Premier League games at home I think we have played well and we have to keep going and push on in the same way.

“The best thing for me is the spirit of the team to learn, to be humble and open-minded from the previous games.”

With many of Southampton's players having returned from international duty late in the week, preparing for Watford has been a little more complex, but Pellegrino feels Saints are in a good place.

"It hasn’t been a normal week because we’ve had a lot of international players away, so we’ve only been working with 11 players," he said. "But, at the same time, we’ve been working really hard.

"The question mark is how the international players arrive back, because we have a tough game, but I am happy with the spirit of the players and how we’ve approached this week.

"We have to switch on quickly and be 100 per cent focused on our club to be mentally prepared to play on Saturday."

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