Southampton’s Europa League ambitions took a big hit this evening as Claude Peul’s side narrowly lost to Inter Milan at the San Siro 1-0, with the Italian side picking up their first points of the campaign and leaving Group K wide open at the half-way stage.
The Saints were looking to continue their unbeaten form in the Europa League but their loss, added to Be’er Sheva’s victory over Sparta Prague, meant just three points separate first and fourth in the group, with Southampton currently in second with four points to their name.
Whilst the Premier League side were unlucky, the result continued a worrying trend for Southampton who have been unable to score in the first-half of any of their last four matches across all competitions.
4 – Each of Southampton's last four games in all competitions have been 0-0 at half-time. Stalemate.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2016
Although they were victorious at the weekend against Burnley, Southampton fired a blank against Leicester City and Be’er Sheva, as well as in tonight’s game, which puts pressure upon the forward’s heading into a difficult run of fixtures that sees them face Manchester City and Chelsea in the coming weeks.
Fortunately, with the Saints sat eighth in the Premier League, there’s still plenty to play for and the South Coast club have time to turn things around to improve their standing in all competitions- but the return leg against Inter at the start of November is now crucial.