Lovren: Saints defence is the best I've seen

Daily Echo: Dejan Lovren Dejan Lovren

DEJAN Lovren believes Saints are defending better than any side he has played in – after keeping a fifth successive St Mary’s clean sheet.

Saints last managed four successive league shut-outs at home during the 2010/11 season, their last in League One.

But it is many years since they went 537 minutes without conceding a goal in Premier League and cup football on their own turf.

Not since the third minute of their first home game of the season – when Sunderland’s diminutive Emanuele Giacherrini was allowed a free header – have Saints conceded at St Mary’s.

And they never looked like doing so against Fulham, who were denied a single chance.

Croatia international Lovren said: “To concede just three goals in nine games in this league is very hard so we deserve the respect now from the others.

“But it’s the whole team, not just the four in defence and the goalkeeper.

“It’s each player, we all work hard on the training ground. It’s a pleasure to play every day with these players.”

Former Dinamo Zagreb defender Lovren has thrived under Mauricio Pochettino as much as anyone since his summer move from Lyon.

“He gives us a lot of advice, he’s an intelligent man so we follow his instructions,” he continued. “We keep the line very high, I’ve never played like this before and it’s a level with risk. But we’re doing a good job.

“Our philosophy is to get the ball back very quickly when we lose it. I think you saw that against Fulham, we lost the ball in the first half and they didn't have a chance to do anything. I think it was amazing, this was the best game we've played.

“For now, everything is perfect but we still want to improve each day. I’m very proud of the team, we’re young and we’ve already shown the character - but the next few games will be a big test for us.”

Lovren has adapted to the Premier League with impressive ease, helping to keep six clean sheets in nine game.

Why does he think he has settled in so well?

“It was also tough in the French league,” he says.

“It's a hard league because there are a lot of counter attacks, a lot of quality players and really fast strikers.

“So I have a little experience and Southampton’s a really good town. The people are nice – it’s just the weather that isn’t perfect!”

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7:33am Mon 28 Oct 13

Southampton boy says...

It,s not down to the back four it down to a team performance and Saturday showed just how the team is playing as one long may it last it was so good watching them on Saturday and if they can maintain it then sky the limit
It,s not down to the back four it down to a team performance and Saturday showed just how the team is playing as one long may it last it was so good watching them on Saturday and if they can maintain it then sky the limit Southampton boy
  • Score: 10

8:00am Mon 28 Oct 13

JohnItaly says...

With all these accolades flying around and compliments being paid by the bucket load by all the football pundits (except of course Mark Lawrenson) the biggest task facing MP & NC may well be keeping the players' feet on the ground and keeping them focused on maintaining this superb start.
With all these accolades flying around and compliments being paid by the bucket load by all the football pundits (except of course Mark Lawrenson) the biggest task facing MP & NC may well be keeping the players' feet on the ground and keeping them focused on maintaining this superb start. JohnItaly
  • Score: 6

8:02am Mon 28 Oct 13

Buddy SFC says...

Top football , great atmosphere ...... The world is watching, while the Skates are swimming !
Top football , great atmosphere ...... The world is watching, while the Skates are swimming ! Buddy SFC
  • Score: 9

8:25am Mon 28 Oct 13

saints1998 says...

COYR
COYR saints1998
  • Score: 4

8:25am Mon 28 Oct 13

swesaint says...

Shows how important the team part is, he was awful against Scotland and looked like he couldn't put a foot right.
Shows how important the team part is, he was awful against Scotland and looked like he couldn't put a foot right. swesaint
  • Score: 1

9:21am Mon 28 Oct 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

He's right(ish) about the weather. I've just had an English lesson by phone with a student in Lyon. It's sunny and warm there today. Mind you, he's probably never been to Strasbourg, where the weather's pants.

I wonder what our final 2013-14 goals conceded total will be; my money's on 4, with Torres getting the only other one - a 96th minute equaliser at The Bridge.
He's right(ish) about the weather. I've just had an English lesson by phone with a student in Lyon. It's sunny and warm there today. Mind you, he's probably never been to Strasbourg, where the weather's pants. I wonder what our final 2013-14 goals conceded total will be; my money's on 4, with Torres getting the only other one - a 96th minute equaliser at The Bridge. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 5

9:58am Mon 28 Oct 13

dadofmy3sons says...

JohnItaly wrote:
With all these accolades flying around and compliments being paid by the bucket load by all the football pundits (except of course Mark Lawrenson) the biggest task facing MP & NC may well be keeping the players' feet on the ground and keeping them focused on maintaining this superb start.
Wrong!
Even Lawro said nice things about Saints on MotDextra Sunday.
So now it is official, we are flavour of the month.
Next game against Stoke is difficult because we are definite favourites to win and Stoke are trying so hard to turn things round and have been unlucky in quite a few games.
Then the Capital against Sunderland is very winnable.
Home to Hull who are upsetting all sorts of teams.
The games following are against teams at the top of the table, like us, and will be the games that will give us a chance to play as we like.
Arsenal and Chelea away.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: With all these accolades flying around and compliments being paid by the bucket load by all the football pundits (except of course Mark Lawrenson) the biggest task facing MP & NC may well be keeping the players' feet on the ground and keeping them focused on maintaining this superb start.[/p][/quote]Wrong! Even Lawro said nice things about Saints on MotDextra Sunday. So now it is official, we are flavour of the month. Next game against Stoke is difficult because we are definite favourites to win and Stoke are trying so hard to turn things round and have been unlucky in quite a few games. Then the Capital against Sunderland is very winnable. Home to Hull who are upsetting all sorts of teams. The games following are against teams at the top of the table, like us, and will be the games that will give us a chance to play as we like. Arsenal and Chelea away. dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 5

10:21am Mon 28 Oct 13

JohnItaly says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
With all these accolades flying around and compliments being paid by the bucket load by all the football pundits (except of course Mark Lawrenson) the biggest task facing MP & NC may well be keeping the players' feet on the ground and keeping them focused on maintaining this superb start.
Wrong!
Even Lawro said nice things about Saints on MotDextra Sunday.
So now it is official, we are flavour of the month.
Next game against Stoke is difficult because we are definite favourites to win and Stoke are trying so hard to turn things round and have been unlucky in quite a few games.
Then the Capital against Sunderland is very winnable.
Home to Hull who are upsetting all sorts of teams.
The games following are against teams at the top of the table, like us, and will be the games that will give us a chance to play as we like.
Arsenal and Chelea away.
My apologies to Lawro - have not seen MOTDExtra - will be sure to catch on BBC iPlayer.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: With all these accolades flying around and compliments being paid by the bucket load by all the football pundits (except of course Mark Lawrenson) the biggest task facing MP & NC may well be keeping the players' feet on the ground and keeping them focused on maintaining this superb start.[/p][/quote]Wrong! Even Lawro said nice things about Saints on MotDextra Sunday. So now it is official, we are flavour of the month. Next game against Stoke is difficult because we are definite favourites to win and Stoke are trying so hard to turn things round and have been unlucky in quite a few games. Then the Capital against Sunderland is very winnable. Home to Hull who are upsetting all sorts of teams. The games following are against teams at the top of the table, like us, and will be the games that will give us a chance to play as we like. Arsenal and Chelea away.[/p][/quote]My apologies to Lawro - have not seen MOTDExtra - will be sure to catch on BBC iPlayer. JohnItaly
  • Score: 1

10:41am Mon 28 Oct 13

Malcombe says...

Nearly perfect then Dejan, unless he's played in Spain, Croatia where he comes from surely he must be use to having it a bit rough, he's certainly proving a Class Player, world Class in fact and he will help to make Southampton FC a top Club COYR
Nearly perfect then Dejan, unless he's played in Spain, Croatia where he comes from surely he must be use to having it a bit rough, he's certainly proving a Class Player, world Class in fact and he will help to make Southampton FC a top Club COYR Malcombe
  • Score: 2

10:58am Mon 28 Oct 13

terrence77 says...

Dejan Lovren is talking nonsense here the guy used to play alongside Baky Kone and Mamadou Dabo of Lyon who are world class in the Champions league for 3 years and the Europa league. Lyon defense was the best in Europe then with Aly cissoko now in Liverpool, Lovren Southampton FC, Baky Kone or Dabo Still in Lyon and Michel Bastos. Ok Southampton defense is really good but please have some common sense Dejan !
Dejan Lovren is talking nonsense here the guy used to play alongside Baky Kone and Mamadou Dabo of Lyon who are world class in the Champions league for 3 years and the Europa league. Lyon defense was the best in Europe then with Aly cissoko now in Liverpool, Lovren Southampton FC, Baky Kone or Dabo Still in Lyon and Michel Bastos. Ok Southampton defense is really good but please have some common sense Dejan ! terrence77
  • Score: -15

11:05am Mon 28 Oct 13

Clever Dick says...

I'm getting bored with all this talk about our fantastic defence. It's all bound to go t1ts up soon. I've therefore put a tenner on us to win 7_4 at Stoke. Got fantastic odds too. It's great being Clever.
I'm getting bored with all this talk about our fantastic defence. It's all bound to go t1ts up soon. I've therefore put a tenner on us to win 7_4 at Stoke. Got fantastic odds too. It's great being Clever. Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

1:00pm Mon 28 Oct 13

st1halo says...

I hink it's time someone explained our weather to Dejan. We need 80mph winds coming from the west here to keep the smell of Pompey away to the east.

STID
I hink it's time someone explained our weather to Dejan. We need 80mph winds coming from the west here to keep the smell of Pompey away to the east. STID st1halo
  • Score: 8

1:37pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Clever Dick says...

st1halo wrote:
I hink it's time someone explained our weather to Dejan. We need 80mph winds coming from the west here to keep the smell of Pompey away to the east.

STID
Bit unfair on Brighton though. The smell gets there even quicker.
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: I hink it's time someone explained our weather to Dejan. We need 80mph winds coming from the west here to keep the smell of Pompey away to the east. STID[/p][/quote]Bit unfair on Brighton though. The smell gets there even quicker. Clever Dick
  • Score: 3

7:55pm Mon 28 Oct 13

slugger says...

terrence77 wrote:
Dejan Lovren is talking nonsense here the guy used to play alongside Baky Kone and Mamadou Dabo of Lyon who are world class in the Champions league for 3 years and the Europa league. Lyon defense was the best in Europe then with Aly cissoko now in Liverpool, Lovren Southampton FC, Baky Kone or Dabo Still in Lyon and Michel Bastos. Ok Southampton defense is really good but please have some common sense Dejan !
Are you saying Dejan is lying ? ..... oh , and it's "defence" in English .
[quote][p][bold]terrence77[/bold] wrote: Dejan Lovren is talking nonsense here the guy used to play alongside Baky Kone and Mamadou Dabo of Lyon who are world class in the Champions league for 3 years and the Europa league. Lyon defense was the best in Europe then with Aly cissoko now in Liverpool, Lovren Southampton FC, Baky Kone or Dabo Still in Lyon and Michel Bastos. Ok Southampton defense is really good but please have some common sense Dejan ![/p][/quote]Are you saying Dejan is lying ? ..... oh , and it's "defence" in English . slugger
  • Score: 0

8:41am Tue 29 Oct 13

terrence77 says...

@slugger

Of course dejan is talking nonsense here ! He used to play with world class defender and Dabo and Kone are likely to go to Barca or Bayern Munich next season. Yes its one of the best defense statistically in Europe but he's talking nonsense im afraid !
@slugger Of course dejan is talking nonsense here ! He used to play with world class defender and Dabo and Kone are likely to go to Barca or Bayern Munich next season. Yes its one of the best defense statistically in Europe but he's talking nonsense im afraid ! terrence77
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Tue 29 Oct 13

KingKhan1983 says...

terrence77 says...

Dejan Lovren is talking nonsense here the guy used to play alongside Baky Kone and Mamadou Dabo of Lyon who are world class in the Champions league for 3 years and the Europa league. Lyon defense was the best in Europe then with Aly cissoko now in Liverpool, Lovren Southampton FC, Baky Kone or Dabo Still in Lyon and Michel Bastos. Ok Southampton defense is really good but please have some common sense Dejan !




Baky Kone is a winger who plays for a Qatar club
Lyon havent been the tour de force they used to be for a while now,
terrence77 says... Dejan Lovren is talking nonsense here the guy used to play alongside Baky Kone and Mamadou Dabo of Lyon who are world class in the Champions league for 3 years and the Europa league. Lyon defense was the best in Europe then with Aly cissoko now in Liverpool, Lovren Southampton FC, Baky Kone or Dabo Still in Lyon and Michel Bastos. Ok Southampton defense is really good but please have some common sense Dejan ! Baky Kone is a winger who plays for a Qatar club Lyon havent been the tour de force they used to be for a while now, KingKhan1983
  • Score: 0

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