Ronald Koeman can select the same squad that thumped Sunderland 8-0 for Saturday's Premier League clash with Stoke at St Mary's
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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman sees similarities in his side and Saturday's Premier League opponents Swansea as he targets an extension to Saints' impressive start to the season.
– Ronald Koeman
It's nice to see how they play, because it's similar to what we like to do and how we like to play.
It's a team who do very good pressing in midfield and a team who like to dominate the opponent.
It's similar to what we like to do and how we play. I think that will be very interesting this Saturday.
Ronald Koeman believes persuading Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary's was Southampton's biggest transfer-window coup.
Koeman has tipped new recruits Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld to thrive on the south coast, but admitted holding onto Schneiderlin was Saints' most important move.
– Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.
I hoped, and in the last three weeks I would say yes, him staying has been the best part (of the transfer window) for us.
He's a fantastic player and an important player for the team.
That gives the rest of the lads the confidence and ambition that we spoke about.
It was not an easy one because he was disappointed in the beginning, but I think that was a normal reaction.
But after that his behaviour has been professional and the one answer he gave was on the pitch, and that's always the best answer that you can give.
It's important for us to keep that kind of player in the team.
I spoke several times with Morgan, but finally the player by himself changed his mind and that's the most important thing.
Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane are undergoing medicals at Southampton, Press Association Sport understands.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman looks to have won the race for the in-demand duo, thwarting Newcastle and Sunderland for Belgium defender Alderweireld and Tottenham for Senegal striker Mane.
Atletico Madrid centre-back Alderweireld and Red Bull Salzburg forward Mane could both command sizeable fees as the south coast club continue reshaping their squad after the summer exodus.