Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has told the Daily Echo that the increased freedom given to him by Ronald Koeman has benefitted his game.
Schneiderlin is one of the most integral players in the Saints' system and the Frenchman believes that Koeman's tactics have allowed him to flourish.
Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton's former coach, gave him a function in the team where he was required to be more disciplined, but Schneiderlin is enjoying being less shackled under Koeman.
“I think that being in the World Cup gave me more confidence in myself, and with the manager we have this year, he give me even more freedom, he gives me the confidence that I need to play my game and to feel good on the pitch,” he explained.
The 25-year-old also says that the fitness regime currently in place at St. Mary's has put him in peak physical condition, meaning that he is ready to operate at his highest level on a consistent basis.
“I feel very good, I feel the best physically as I've ever been, I feel good on the ball, I feel very confident, so hopefully I can continue," he said.
Schneiderlin's future at Southampton is still up in the air, with the Independent still carrying reports of Tottenham Hotspur's interest, and it makes his quotes interesting.
If Schneiderlin did move to White Hart Lane, he would be linking up with Pochettino again and it seems that he would be hoping for a similar role to the one he currently has at Southampton.
That could be difficult to compensate for at Tottenham, though, as Pochettino's system demands tactical discipline.
Although the Argentine allows his players freedom in attacking zones, they are structured and rigid defensively, meaning that Schneiderlin may have to adapt his play once again if he was to successfully make the transition to the Spurs team.