Ronald Koeman has praised the spirit of the Southampton squad, believing that they are like a family.
Koeman's Southampton side have made a brilliant start to the campaign and it seems that the spirit within the camp could be a major reason behind this.
The Dutch boss had led the side into the top four at this early stage of the season and even he admits that they have surpassed expectations so far.
"The club is like a family and that brings confidence but of course, the expectation was not so high in the beginning," he said to the Mirror.
"The expectation now is much more. I didn’t expect this good start of the season of course. I have to be realistic."
There are already murmurings about the chances of Southampton making it into the top four and expectations are higher around St. Mary's then in any time in recent memories.
Despite losing a host of players the club have performed well in adversity and seem to have came through a potentially difficult summer as a stronger side.
The only worry will be if their lack of squad depth, compared to the rest of the Champions League challengers, could come to harm them as the season progresses, but the quality of their first-team is up there with the best in the country.
The Saints won 8-0 against Sunderland at the weekend, raising expectations more, and another win over Stoke City in their next fixture would start to give the team some genuine belief about their chances of being a surprise top four candidate.