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Tuesday Hoddle of Coffee, We Love Southampton Edition, April 25, 2017

This is Manolo Gabbiadini. You love him.

Watford v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Later today Claude Puel’s Southampton will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.


And not just because Southampton has given us some of our favorite people in recent years:


Southampton v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images


FA Cup 4th Round: Manchester City v Southampton Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images


Manchester United v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

No, that’s not the only reason you love Southampton today. You love Southampton today because they are one of the only competent teams left on Chelsea’s Premier League schedule and are, therefore, one of the teams most likely to take points off the Blues.

So.... here are some of your new favorite people.

This is Manolo Gabbiadini. Today you adore him. He is one of your favorite humans:

Watford v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

This is Nathan Redmond. Think of him as Good Andros Townsend. Like Andros, he is fast and can play on either wing. Unlike Andros, he does not confuse himself with Gareth Bale. You also love him. Just look at that great smile:

England Training Session Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

This is Ryan Bertrand. He used to play for Chelsea and even started in the Champions League Match We Do Not Name. He now plays for Southampton and is the best English left back not named “Danny Rose.” Kyle Walker seems to like him. You love him too:

England Training Session Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Finally, this is Sammy Saint. In the annals of British football mascots he is no Cyril the Swan. But, today, he is your favorite mascot. (Sorry Chirpy.) Here he is with former Mauricio Pochettino favorite Jay Rodriguez helping raise awareness about bladder cancer. He’s a socially conscious mascot. What’s not to love?

Be Clear on Cancer Campaign 2014 Photo by Matt Watson/ Getty Images for Be Clear on Cancer



Newcastle is coming back to the Premier League y’all. I know you missed Mike Ashley.

Speaking of Newcastle, football in the northeast of England is in a bad spot these days.

Sevilla guru Monchi has joined up with Roma.

Ray Hudson celebrates Messi’s winner: “The Medicine Man arrives and sinks his flaming spear into the hearts of Real Madrid...Messi, born in the cross-fire hurricane and he is Jumping Jack Flash.” I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS.

Darlington Nagbe did a thing:

Jose Gimenez is Diego Simeone’s Eric Dier.