Thiago MOTM by a mile for me, some lovely disguised passes, put in the yards and finished off the game with a beauty when we'd been on the ropes for abar 20 mins. There was a spell of a couple of minutes in the first half where he dropped into the 6 position and started pinging the ball around like Xabi Alonso and he actually looked like the player that was at Bayern. He did well at 8 but he never looks as commanding a presence there as he does at 6. He runs the game from 6. Not from 8, though he did well today.
Not exactly an inspiring performance by the side as a whole. Hanging on at home to a Southampton side with the worst form in the league?
I don't understand how a team that hasn't played for 2 weeks can run out of gas with barely an hour of the game gone. Our pressing was a joke. You've got massive Southampton centre backs taking the piss out of our front 3. See the ball, see the ball, see the ball, oh dear, Ward-Prowse has got it now, bad luck lads. If that's as much effort as the front 3 (or front 6) can muster then we might as well just give up pressing at all, forget the high line and just play on the counter. We're hanging Phillips and Rhys out to dry asking them to play up to the halfway line when we can't put any pressure on the ball whatsoever.