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Schneiderlin: Saints' best is yet to come!
The midfielder helped the team extend their unbeaten record at St Mary’s and secure their third win on the bounce, with a 2-0 home success over Swansea.
Schneiderlin, alongside Victor Wanyama in the holding midfield area, has also played an important role in Saints keeping five clean sheets in their opening seven matches.
But, far from feeling that the team are playing at the top of their game, the French ace believes there is room for them to get even better.
“I don’t think we’ve reached our best yet, individually or collectively,” he said.
“It’s very important for everyone to not get carried away.
“We have to make sure we are still working very hard, because it’s just seven games of the season and we need to play each game as it was last and then see how we are at the last game.
“Now every team is going to see Southampton fourth in the table and everyone is going to play very hard against us now, so it’s up to us to step up and to be even better.”
Having suffered a defeat at Norwich ahead of the last international break, Schneiderlin stressed the importance of going into the latest one on the back of a victory.
“It was very important for us to win that game, because now we have two weeks off and we go to Man U next full of confidence, but today was a very hard game,” he said.
“Swansea is a very good team, they keep very good possession, so we had to dig in sometimes.
“Sometimes we were a bit lucky to not concede a goal, but Artur (Boruc) made some great saves, and we were lucky with the post as well.
“But we showed great character and we showed togetherness to get away with a win.”
Schneiderlin added: “They had very good ability to get away from the pressing, so we needed to adjust some things at half-time and we did it and we stayed more compact as a midfield.”
While Saints can rightly reflect on a wonderful start to the season, Schneiderlin is adamant that those who are remaining in Southampton this week will not be slacking off.
“I’m telling you we are going to work very hard, because after last time against Norwich that’s what we did in the last international break,” he said.
“We will work very hard to go to Man U full of energy and at our best.
“It’s time mentally to relax a bit, but physically to work.
“It’s going to be very intense, but that’s what we need, to keep everyone working hard.”
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