Southampton star wary of making the same mistake twice

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is delighted with the team's start to the season, but is hoping that they improve on last year's winter form.

Southampton's 1-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday saw them move up to second place in the Premier League with 10 points from five games.

Ronald Koeman has seen his side win three consecutive games and despite a turbulent summer, the Saints look set for another successful season.

Mauricio Pochettino (manager), Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers all departed, but Koeman rebuilt the team in a short space of time and they have impressed up to this point.

French international Morgan Schneiderlin was another who looked set for an exit this summer, but he has enjoyed his best start to a Premier League season with the Saints and is surprised by the positive start made.

"It's a surprise to have got off to the best ever start in the league after going through so many changes in the summer," quotes him as saying.

"The coaching staff changed, a lot of players left so of course it's great for us to be in such a good position after five games, but it's only five games of a long season and we need to keep going.

The 24-year-old, who has scored three goals already this season, is hoping that the club avoid making the same mistake as last year, as their form through the winter was very disappointing.

They had only lost one of their opening 11 games last season, before going on a poor run through November and December in which they only won one of nine games.

Koeman's side face Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea in December this year, and Schneiderlin is hoping that the side can enjoy a better run of form than they managed last season.

"The group is closer after the summer, a lot of people were saying that Southampton would struggle this season because we lost so many players," he said.

"We had a very good start last year as well but it was difficult after going through a hard time in December and after that it was difficult to get back up the league. We're going to try to be stronger in that period."

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