13 August, 2017
Southampton were missing wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk, although that was because of a virus rather than the desire of the Dutch defender who has submitted a transfer request, to move to Liverpool.
Mauricio Pellegrino was nearly helpless as he stood at the sidelines and watched what was an incredibly frustrating afternoon for his side who failed to convert numerous efforts and can only hold themselves accountable for not opening their Premier League campaign with a win.
By drawing 0-0 at home to Swansea on Saturday in their opening match of the English Premier League season, Southampton extended its goal drought at St. Mary's stadium to 545 minutes taking in the final six home matches of last season.
"When you are outside the team you have to be behind them, supporting them", said Pellegrino.
"Virgil is an important player but the club was clear from the beginning with the player".
"They also want to press higher up the pitch and it will be really tough for us".
"But we need him in another way, not like the way he is right now".
"It was a pity today but we have another chance next weekend and hopefully we can score and win the game".
"I can't manage all the situations like some players being outside the team; it's not my responsibility", he added.
Swansea looked like an accident waiting to happen every time the ball went into their half but could have snatched the lead with their first attack.
Southampton had 29 shots on goal, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic wasting the best of the chances.
"I think we did a nice game". "Our football was effective".
"We are a little bit disappointed because we couldn't win, but the fans were behind the team throughout the 90 minutes", he said.
"We controlled the game, we controlled the opponent, especially in the second half".
"We were playing well but sometimes in football you create chances but are not precise enough to score goals".
"As a manager you can work in the way how to create chances, how to play in what areas in the corridor in front of the defenders and behind them", he reflected.