Morgan's gunning for the champs

Daily Echo: Morgan Schneiderlin Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin has warned champions Manchester City they can expect “many problems” at St Mary’s this weekend.

The clubs will face each other in a televised encounter on Saturday evening, going head-to-head for the first time since their dramatic clash at the Etihad Stadium on the opening day of the campaign.

Saints came close to a famous result on that occasion, coming from behind to take a second-half lead, before a late City rally saw the Premier League holders prevail 3-2.

Schneiderlin, pictured, insists that Roberto Mancini’s side will find Saints even tougher opponents this time round – and that Saints can claim their first win of the season against a side in the top half of the top flight.

“When we speak about Manchester City, yes of course we played very well (at the Etihad),” said the midfielder.

“It was our first game in the Premier League. For myself it was my first game in the Premier League as well.

“It was a good performance, but we lost the game. It was a pain.

“But I’m sure we can show Manchester City how far we have come and we can cause them many problems.

“They are the favourites, but we showed since the start of the season that we can cause problems to anyone and we will cause some problems to Manchester City.”

While Saints go into the weekend with a slight cushion in their battle for survival, City have no such comfort at the top end of the table.

With 13 games left, they trail cross-city rivals and leaders Manchester United by nine points.

While memories of reeling in Sir Alex Ferguson’s men last year remain reasonably fresh in City minds, keeper Joe Hart has warned that there is no margin for error.

“We have to win at Southampton,” he said bluntly.

If Saints’ performances against the Manchester sides so far this season are anything to go by, that will be no easy task.

Twice against United and once against City they have lost by just a single goal.

On each occasion, it can be argued that Saints deserved more.

And Schneiderlin is confident that Mauricio Pochettino’s men can take all three points this time.

“Against Man United everyone (could see) in the second half they couldn’t get out of their box,” said the midfielder, referring to the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford last week.

“Even Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest manager ever, he says that we were the best team (to play there this season).

“So we’re confident we can cause problems to many teams, and I’m sure Manchester City is aware of that, and we’re sure we can win this game.”

French ace Schneiderlin has been an immense presence for Saints in midfield this season, and the 23-year-old is relishing the chance to test his skills against some of City’s talents on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to competing against any player,” he said. “Whether I’m playing against Wigan, Manchester City, Manchester United, I just want to prove against the guy I’m playing against that I’m on top of him.

“That’s what I want in every game.

“Of course, I’m itching to play against David Silva. Yaya Toure may be back (from African Cup of Nations duty). They are great players.

“But, to be honest, I don’t care about the names.

“I just want to do my best.”

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8:38am Thu 7 Feb 13

Puddletown Saint says...

It is XI v XI Get at them early and hold firm at the back. Citeh are just over paid and over hyped with no fight.

Come On You Saints
It is XI v XI Get at them early and hold firm at the back. Citeh are just over paid and over hyped with no fight. Come On You Saints Puddletown Saint
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9:27am Thu 7 Feb 13

RedArmy1 says...

WE AIM TO TAKE CITY TO THE CLEANERS !!

WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON

RED ARMY FIGHT AND WIN. COYR.
WE AIM TO TAKE CITY TO THE CLEANERS !! WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON RED ARMY FIGHT AND WIN. COYR. RedArmy1
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9:36am Thu 7 Feb 13

lemon cake says...

RedArmy1 wrote:
WE AIM TO TAKE CITY TO THE CLEANERS !!

WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON

RED ARMY FIGHT AND WIN. COYR.
“But, to be honest, I don’t care about the names.

“I just want to do my best.”

Excellent attitude Morgan.
[quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: WE AIM TO TAKE CITY TO THE CLEANERS !! WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON RED ARMY FIGHT AND WIN. COYR.[/p][/quote]“But, to be honest, I don’t care about the names. “I just want to do my best.” Excellent attitude Morgan. lemon cake
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11:15am Thu 7 Feb 13

Taoboy says...

Come on you Saints,
Manchester clubs are a good benchmark to gauge progress.
Let's hope injuries can be kept to a minimum.
Ramires is having his thigh injury exploited by other teams, please take note ref. The incidents have been noted as fouls, and I would hate to suggest any planned targeting. It may be also due to his ball retention style that makes him exposed in this way.
Never the less, Three points on Saturday would let us all feel great,
Yeah why not.?

COYS.
Come on you Saints, Manchester clubs are a good benchmark to gauge progress. Let's hope injuries can be kept to a minimum. Ramires is having his thigh injury exploited by other teams, please take note ref. The incidents have been noted as fouls, and I would hate to suggest any planned targeting. It may be also due to his ball retention style that makes him exposed in this way. Never the less, Three points on Saturday would let us all feel great, Yeah why not.? COYS. Taoboy
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11:17am Thu 7 Feb 13

Alicesdad says...

This is the only relevant thread on this site today - focus on football.

This is a huge match and we have a team that can beat City.

Pochettino's first win will be against the (current) chanpions - how cool will THAT be ?
This is the only relevant thread on this site today - focus on football. This is a huge match and we have a team that can beat City. Pochettino's first win will be against the (current) chanpions - how cool will THAT be ? Alicesdad
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11:23am Thu 7 Feb 13

Dickosfc says...

Great attitude Morgan. You've been amazing the season mate! We can beat Citeh if we can press but remain tight at the back! Don't give them too much respect as that’s when you get punished! Shame only a few comments about an actual football story. Embarrassing really!
Great attitude Morgan. You've been amazing the season mate! We can beat Citeh if we can press but remain tight at the back! Don't give them too much respect as that’s when you get punished! Shame only a few comments about an actual football story. Embarrassing really! Dickosfc
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11:47am Thu 7 Feb 13

Folkestone Saint says...

The once mighty citeh (for a breif period) are cracking and we are on the up so I expect a win aginst this cheque book bunch of mercinarys. Ten years ago I took my son to his first game and it was this lot, all they did was park the bus but we still got two.
The once mighty citeh (for a breif period) are cracking and we are on the up so I expect a win aginst this cheque book bunch of mercinarys. Ten years ago I took my son to his first game and it was this lot, all they did was park the bus but we still got two. Folkestone Saint
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12:32pm Thu 7 Feb 13

The Inbetweener says...

Alicesdad wrote:
This is the only relevant thread on this site today - focus on football.

This is a huge match and we have a team that can beat City.

Pochettino's first win will be against the (current) chanpions - how cool will THAT be ?
Well said. MP's first win against reigning champions and SRL's 100th goal in front of SMS crowd how great would that be.
COYR
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: This is the only relevant thread on this site today - focus on football. This is a huge match and we have a team that can beat City. Pochettino's first win will be against the (current) chanpions - how cool will THAT be ?[/p][/quote]Well said. MP's first win against reigning champions and SRL's 100th goal in front of SMS crowd how great would that be. COYR The Inbetweener
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1:08pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Could be Saints player of the year... but its a tough choice with so many top players in the team!

On another note, I have been watching Forren play for Norway last night.
Yes they lost 2-0 to Ukraine but both goals came in the first half and Vegard started from the second... so a clean sheet! He did (in the commentators eyes) look a little "rusty" to start with but by the end looked solid and in control.

Come on you Saints!
Could be Saints player of the year... but its a tough choice with so many top players in the team! On another note, I have been watching Forren play for Norway last night. Yes they lost 2-0 to Ukraine but both goals came in the first half and Vegard started from the second... so a clean sheet! He did (in the commentators eyes) look a little "rusty" to start with but by the end looked solid and in control. Come on you Saints! Norwegian Saint
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1:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Saintsayer II says...

Did SAF call us the best last week I wonder if thats because he wants us primed and ready to take on his noisy neighbours

I am looking forward to seeing the team play to MoPo's syle I don't think he had enough time to be very
influential before the Everton game

Watching the Wigan game on line does not give you the same perspective as being there
Did SAF call us the best last week I wonder if thats because he wants us primed and ready to take on his noisy neighbours I am looking forward to seeing the team play to MoPo's syle I don't think he had enough time to be very influential before the Everton game Watching the Wigan game on line does not give you the same perspective as being there Saintsayer II
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2:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Pooley says...

Watching England beat Brazil last night looked quite tame compared with watching the ``Red Wave`` surging forward. Someone is in for a merciless thrashing very soon and it could be Citeh. Cannot wait!
Watching England beat Brazil last night looked quite tame compared with watching the ``Red Wave`` surging forward. Someone is in for a merciless thrashing very soon and it could be Citeh. Cannot wait! Pooley
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3:57pm Thu 7 Feb 13

St Retford says...

Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing.

Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.
Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing. Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain. St Retford
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4:38pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Ted Rogers says...

St Retford wrote:
Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing. Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.
Personally I'd leave him as he is and let him concentrate on his game. Player of the season so far for me.

I have a really good feeling about Saturday......

COYS
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing. Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.[/p][/quote]Personally I'd leave him as he is and let him concentrate on his game. Player of the season so far for me. I have a really good feeling about Saturday...... COYS Ted Rogers
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4:40pm Thu 7 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Not having our best XI out for various reasons, I think we will be fortunate to get a result, but it is not impossible, I like the Cork/Spider midfield combination, it works well. Hopefully Corky won't be dragged to Right Back, but JWP can fill the gap adequately if needed.
Not having our best XI out for various reasons, I think we will be fortunate to get a result, but it is not impossible, I like the Cork/Spider midfield combination, it works well. Hopefully Corky won't be dragged to Right Back, but JWP can fill the gap adequately if needed. OSPREYSAINT
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4:44pm Thu 7 Feb 13

SFCOLDBOY says...

At the end of last season a number of posters on here said he will never cope with the demands of the prem.
I disagreed with them then and the proof is in the pudding.
This boy will play for France and is destined to be a top player.
He has it all.
Great engine,tackles well,
long and short passing and now adding goals.
Anyone who has played football at a reasonable level would know that to sprint 70 yards to get onto the ball to
score in the 85 minute is something extraordinary.
Bring on the Mancs we deserved something last time lets do it right this time.
COYS
At the end of last season a number of posters on here said he will never cope with the demands of the prem. I disagreed with them then and the proof is in the pudding. This boy will play for France and is destined to be a top player. He has it all. Great engine,tackles well, long and short passing and now adding goals. Anyone who has played football at a reasonable level would know that to sprint 70 yards to get onto the ball to score in the 85 minute is something extraordinary. Bring on the Mancs we deserved something last time lets do it right this time. COYS SFCOLDBOY
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4:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Joe Hart might have saved a penalty last night but lets hope if Lambo gets a chance from the pen spot he will be beat joe.
COYR
Joe Hart might have saved a penalty last night but lets hope if Lambo gets a chance from the pen spot he will be beat joe. COYR CB FRY LIVES
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5:01pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Folkestone Saint says...

St Retford wrote:
Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing.

Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.
As said before, if he was the ref can't book him for "talking" to him
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing. Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.[/p][/quote]As said before, if he was the ref can't book him for "talking" to him Folkestone Saint
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5:09pm Thu 7 Feb 13

TheSaintsMan says...

First XI (4, 1, 3, 2):

Boruc
Clyne
Hooiveld
Yoshida
Shaw
Cork
Puncheon
Lallana
Ramirez
Lambert

Attack is the best form of defence. The defence is shaky but improving quickly and if we take the game to Man City and get the early goal we could catch them reeling. Once we have a goal we must continue to attack because if we sit back they will easily overturn the deficit.
First XI (4, 1, 3, 2): Boruc Clyne Hooiveld Yoshida Shaw Cork Puncheon Lallana Ramirez Lambert Attack is the best form of defence. The defence is shaky but improving quickly and if we take the game to Man City and get the early goal we could catch them reeling. Once we have a goal we must continue to attack because if we sit back they will easily overturn the deficit. TheSaintsMan
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6:51pm Thu 7 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing.

Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.
As said before, if he was the ref can't book him for "talking" to him
He might book him for having that outrageous accent!
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Oh look - a thread actually about football. Amazing. Anyway, I think Morgan should be captain.[/p][/quote]As said before, if he was the ref can't book him for "talking" to him[/p][/quote]He might book him for having that outrageous accent! OSPREYSAINT
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9:42pm Thu 7 Feb 13

St.Winch70 says...

TheSaintsMan wrote:
First XI (4, 1, 3, 2):

Boruc
Clyne
Hooiveld
Yoshida
Shaw
Cork
Puncheon
Lallana
Ramirez
Lambert

Attack is the best form of defence. The defence is shaky but improving quickly and if we take the game to Man City and get the early goal we could catch them reeling. Once we have a goal we must continue to attack because if we sit back they will easily overturn the deficit.
As above, but Forren for Hooiveld and J-Rod for Puncheon.

2-1 to the mighty Saints.
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsMan[/bold] wrote: First XI (4, 1, 3, 2): Boruc Clyne Hooiveld Yoshida Shaw Cork Puncheon Lallana Ramirez Lambert Attack is the best form of defence. The defence is shaky but improving quickly and if we take the game to Man City and get the early goal we could catch them reeling. Once we have a goal we must continue to attack because if we sit back they will easily overturn the deficit.[/p][/quote]As above, but Forren for Hooiveld and J-Rod for Puncheon. 2-1 to the mighty Saints. St.Winch70
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