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Southampton vs Swansea City Preview Saints look for opening win minus Van Dijk

Will Mauricio Pellegrino be given the chance to reintegrate Virgil van Dijk at Southampton?

By drawing 0-0 at home to Swansea on Saturday in their opening match of the English Premier League season, Southampton extended its goal drought at St. Mary's stadium to 545 minutes taking in the final six home matches of last season.

"I'm a little bit disappointed, because we did everything to win the game", Pellegrino told the Official Southampton FC Website.

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.

One major positive for Pellegrino was the support the team were given by the Saints fans.

"Virgil is an important player but the club was clear from the beginning with the player". "Hopefully he can change his point of view to be with us in the next few weeks".

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

"But we need him in another way, not like the way he is right now".

Claude Puel was given the push after a dismal end to last season, when his team managed just one win and four goals from their last eight games.

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

"If that [move] does go through, then we can start acting on getting some of our targets".

Pellegrino's comments came after his Southampton tenure kicked off with a stalemate against Swansea.

"We are responsible to give them the best feeling, or show them that we want to win the game, we want to give everything 100 per cent on the pitch". "Our football was effective". "We couldn't, because football is like this - sometimes with a couple of chances you can score, but today we couldn't".

"As a manager you can work in the way how to create chances, how to play in what areas in the corridor in front of the defenders and behind them", he reflected.

"Swansea is a good team, they were ready to attack us but we were well balanced and that was the key to controlling the game in the second half". But we had to score.

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