Southampton football club is currently topping the Premier League table for the first time since the club was established on 21 November 1885. This is the biggest achievement of the 134-year-old club after winning the English FA Cup during the 1975-1976 season.
Southampton achieved this feat when they defeated Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on November 6 in their matchday 8 fixture. The Saints who have been enjoying a beautiful start of the season beat their visitors 2-0 to send them down to the 11th spot on the league table.
The manager of Southampton Ralph Hasenhüttl and his men came into the match with nothing but determination to occupy the league top spot at least for a moment. The host took the lead very early in the match and doubled it very late in the game.
Southampton’s Che Adams scored the first goal of the match in the 7th minute in a stunning fashion. His teammate, Stuart Armstrong made it doubled in the 82nd minute of the match.
The win is Southampton’s 5th of the season. They have lost two of their 8 Premier League games and have drawn only one. They are currently topping the table with 16 points same as Liverpool but are leading the reigning Premier League champions with superior goals difference.
As it stands, Southampton have played one league game more than Liverpool and the other two contenders for the top spot – Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur (15 and 14 points in 7 matches respectively). This means that if these teams win their league games this weekend, Southampton will drop down from the top spot.
STOP THE COUNT pic.twitter.com/rS94knWEhO— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 6, 2020
While the world waits for the league games for this weekend to unfold, Hasenhüttl noted how the fans of Southampton “will love it and they’ll take a picture of the table”.
“For us it’s nice but it shouldn’t kill the hunger for more”, Hasenhüttl said after Southampton’s match against Newcastle United. “We should stay hungry and we should feel anything is possible with this team.
“I must be very proud. We developed not with a lot of invested money but with a lot of invested work.
“We had some good results in the past two or three months and it was important everyone can see the philosophy we are following can be successful.
“Everyone was at the highest level and it’s a little bit scary what we’re doing at the moment. But it’s not surprising because I see them working.”
Tottenham Hotspur, one of the contenders for the top spot, will be in action against West Brom on Sunday at 13:00. Another contender for the spot, Liverpool football club will be in action on Sunday against Manchester City at 17:30. While the other contender, Leicester City, will be in action on Sunday against Wolves at 15:00.
So, the reign of Southampton at the top of the league table will end on Sunday if the contenders win their Sunday’s fixture. If they all lose, Hasenhüttl and his boys will enjoy the reign a little longer.