If the season ended now, Southampton would probably be most neutrals team of the season in the Premier League.
Following their 1-1 draw away at Manchester United last weekend the Saints are currently 6th in the league, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side were lavished with praise by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football.
The Sky pundits delivered an excellent analysis of the strengths of Southampton’s defence, who remarkably have the second best record across all the top divisions in Europe (see graphic above).
The star of Southampton’s backline is 24-year-old Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (Neville: “a top class centre-back”), who was imperious at Old Trafford last week, while midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin also came in for appreciation.
Carragher made the biggest statement though, comparing Southampton’s current defence to the great AC Milan team of Baresi and Maldini.
Watch Neville and Carragher discuss Southampton’s brilliant backline in two videos below.