Matt Le Tissier admits that he has been disappointed with how Southampton have started this term, via Sporting Life.
The Saints currently lie 17th in the table after eight matches, level on points with 18th-placed Everton, and have lost their previous three league games against Bournemouth, Tottenham and Chelsea.
The club’s latest result – a 4-1 thumping by Frank Lampard’s Blues prior to the international break – epitomised how poor the southerners have been of late. They started well but poor defensive errors ultimately cost them at St Mary’s; too often this has been the case.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl raised the bar when he took over the club last December and steered Southampton clear of relegation, though this time around having lost five of their opening eight matches, there are concerns that the club could once again face another battle for survival this time around.
Le Tissier believes that while Southampton could have potentially nicked a point against Liverpool in August – but for a horrendous last-minute miss from striker Danny Ings – the club are exactly where they should be after the performances they have shown so far.
“The biggest disappointment from my perspective is seeing Southampton in 17th,” Le Tissier is quoted by Sporting Life as saying.
“I think the manner of the performance against Bournemouth was poor. You cannot have complaints – we are where we should be. You could maybe point to the Liverpool game, where Danny Ings could have nicked a point, but in reality, you could not expect too many more points in the bag due to the performance levels.”
The Saints face Wolves this weekend in a huge game at Molineux. Another defeat could see them leapfrogged by both Everton and Norwich if results elsewhere go against them.
The southerners definitely have quality at their disposal, with the likes of Ings and Nathan Redmond displaying promising form so far – scoring seven goals between them (all comps) – though defensively they are simply not good enough having shipped 15 league goals already this term so must work on that or face a genuine fight for survival once again.
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