SAINTS: Romeu ready to fight


Former Chelsea man Oriol Romeu is the star of Saturday’s matchday programme as the Southampton midfielder prepares to do battle with his old club.

Saints’ toughest tackler says his teammates must channel their anger to return to winning ways, having seen circumstances contrive against them in recent matches.

Romeu also speaks about his relationship with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, and how he’s adapted his game to suit the Austrian’s all-action philosophy.

Elsewhere, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl writes to supporters, providing his honest thoughts on Saints’ recent results and performances.

After two goals in two games, Danny Ings issues an update from the dressing room, while club legend Franny Benali reminisces on Saints’ run to the 2003 FA Cup final after Hasenhüttl’s class of 2021 secured their place in the quarter-final draw.

Benali’s former teammate Ken Monkou is the latest cult hero to answer our questions about his fondest memories of yesteryear, including iconic games, goals and characters.

Tactics writer Sam Tighe delivers his expert opinion on Thomas Tuchel’s new-look Chelsea, highlighting exactly what the new boss has changed, while club historian David Bull picks out some recent news stories that have jogged his memory of years gone by.

There is also the usual Junior Members section, packed with quizzes and games to keep our younger readers entertained over lockdown and test their knowledge of the club they love.

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