Pellegrino focused on continual improvement

By SFC Media Fri 15 Sep Crystal Palace v Saints
Photo by Naomi Baker | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino has insisted that the team preparation ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash has been routinely focused, despite the recent managerial changes at host side Crystal Palace.

Saints were beaten by Watford in last weekend’s league action, but Pellegrino has called upon his side to learn quickly from the defeat in order to improve results.

Saints embark on just their second away trip of the Premier League calendar, with Palace yet to register a point in the new campaign.

“The players are intelligent and they know what we need to compete at this level. I see every game as an opportunity to improve,” Pellegrino began.

“Sometimes there might be a defeat that is positive, hopefully last week can be one of these. We've got another tough game to try to show our way because the construction of the team is a process. 

“We are working on the base of the team. We have a group of players who are open-minded to realise what we need to be on top.”

Despite the news that former England boss Roy Hodgson will succeed Frank de Boer as Crystal Palace manager this week, Pellegrino has maintained concentration on his side’s all important preparation.

“We have to think about us, about our side, our model, how we will attack and how we will defend,” he added.  

“The people they possess in the final third are dangerous players and they can change the game in one action. But we also have important players.

“In the Premier League, in one second you can win and lose the game. We have to be prepared to do the minimum, to increase our baseline every single week.”