Southampton's scoring woes continue in 0-0 draw vs Swansea


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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Dusan Tadic of Southampton and Leon Britton of Swansea City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Southampton, England.

The Swans drew their Premier League opener 0-0 at Southampton on Saturday, with Sigurdsson sitting out as he continues to be linked with a big-money switch to Everton.

The Dutchman's absence further fuelled speculation linking him with the Southampton exit door, but Pellegrino insists there is a way for Van Dijk to reintegrate into Saints' side. Naturally, Pellegrino isn't fully satisfied with the performance, as he relayed to the Southampton media team.

"We are expecting him to come back and hopefully he can change his point of view".

"Virgil is an important player but the club was clear from the beginning with the player".

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"I don't really want to speak about other players because I don't think that's right until something is certain - and nothing will be certain until the Sigurdsson situation is sorted". "But we didn't do it and we need to try again".

New Saints boss Pellegrino has inherited the club's latest transfer tug-of-war, and conceded that such scenarios are no good for the game.

"I think we have quality and spirit in the team".

"But it's a pity because the people deserve to see the best players in the pitch".

Swansea looked like an accident waiting to happen every time the ball went into their half but could have snatched the lead with their first attack.

"It was a hard afternoon, they had a massive amount of chances, set play after set play and we suffered at times". We controlled the ball, created chances but this is football - you have to get goals and we couldn't do so. "You will see more or less the same dynamic from us that you have in the last few games but we are ready". Sometimes you create lots of chances and you don't score any goals.