Stats: How Southampton have improved under Ronald Koeman

We analyse how Ronald Koeman has helped Southampton improve after losing Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

Southampton's form over the opening of the season has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Saints were expected to struggle this campaign, after a mass exodus in the summer, but they have elevated themselves into second spot in the table.

Ronald Koeman's side have played with great style and flair on their way to the success and they look like genuine Champions League contenders this year.

Blessed with wonderfully gifted technical players such as Dusan Tadic and clinical finishers like Graziano Pelle, the side have become one of the most threatening in the country and they only seem to be getting stronger.

It has been an attention grabbing opening and one which they will be hoping to build on as the season progresses and they look to consolidate their place in the top four.

Koeman had a seemingly tough job having taken over from Mauricio Pochettino, who took the side to an unprecedented high of eighth position in the Premier League table last year, but he seems to have advanced them.

  SeasonGoals per gameGoals against per gameShots per gamePasses per gamePasses in the final third per gamePossession PercentageInterceptions per gameTackles per game
Southampton 2014-2015 2.2 0.5 14.1 507.5 140.4 54.4 14.4 17.4
Southampton 2013-2014 1.4 1.2 14 514.8 141.5 58.1 13.8 16.7

Although Southampton are no longer making as many passes as they did under Pochettino, they are more productive in their play - creating more opportunities to shoot and score from.

The side are averaging more shots-per-game than they were under their previous boss, but they have also strengthened defensively. 

Southampton earned praise for their pressing game last season, but they have become even more pro-active in defensive situations this time around.

Not only are they looking to play on the front-foot in defensive situations more often, making more interceptions, but they have also started to complete a greater amount of tackles during matches too.

It is a formula which seems built to be successful and if they can keep these sort of level of performances up for the rest of the campaign then they are sure to be plying their trade in Europe's premiere competition next year. 

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