Koeman wants Saints to repeat Chelsea showing

Date published: Sunday 4th October 2015 10:45

Ronald Koeman: Wants Southampton to repeat showing at Chelsea

Ronald Koeman has challenged his Southampton players to replicate the performance they produced at Chelsea on a more regular basis.

Willian put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but goals from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle earned Saints a 3-1 win as they made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League  after only one in their opening six games.

“If we can show this against Chelsea we can show it much more,” Koeman told BBC Sport afterwards.

“We had a difficult start to the game but we came back and we made it 1-1 with a great goal. The difference was how we came out of the dressing room, pressed Chelsea and had fantastic movement.

“We totally deserve three points today.

“The whole team performance was perfect,” Koeman added.

“After 1-0 down we looked comfortable and of course to win against teams like Chelsea you need your best players on that high level.

“Sadio (Mane) was dangerous in his movements. It was impossible to have good defending against him.”

Jose Mourinho complained about Radamel Falcao being denied a penalty, even though Mane had a stronger claim.

It made little difference to Koeman.

“Maybe then it was 2-5 the final result, even with that,” the Dutchman said.

Davis’ goal was his first for club or country since February 2014.

“I thought I’d save the goal for a good occasion,” the Northern Ireland midfielder told Saints’ official website.

“It has been a frustrating time, but I had a good chance early on and snatched at it.

“I was disappointed with that. It was a great lay-off from Graziano and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net. “Hopefully it’s the start of a few more to come.”

Davis praised a fine team display in victory.

“It was a great performance and a deserved three points,” he added.

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