Southampton will be desperate to avoid a relegation dog fight after the pressure of last season under Mauricio Pellegrino.
The Saints have looked positive so far this season and appear to be playing a much more attractive style of football under Mark Hughes, with things on the up after victory over Crystal Palace.
However, things weren’t all positive in the last campaign as former manager Mauricio Pellegrino put on a horror show as his side were almost relegated to the Championship before Hughes saved the day.
Therefore, here’s a look at THREE reasons as to why Hughes is outshining Pellegrino at Southampton…
Mark Hughes is a leader. He will get the players on his side, playing how he wants to play, which has been vital for Southampton this season.
He demands 100% from every player, which was very much needed after an extremely disjointed campaign last time round, with Mauricio Pellegrino failing to get his players on board.
Indeed, the Saints have always put up a fight under Hughes.
Direct approach to matches
Hughes has a direct style of play, which played a huge part in securing three points against Crystal Palace prior to the international break, with the two strikers vital to his tactics.
On the other hand, Pellegrino set us up very negatively and focused on keeping the ball and being overly patient, which evidently didn’t work out for the Saints last season.
Premier League experience is key when it comes down to knowing what to do in pressurised situations and how to tackle certain situations, but this proved to be Pellegrino’s downfall last season.
Only four other bosses have managed more Premier League games than the Welshman, which really speaks for itself in terms of experience.