Southampton have added another friendly to their pre-season schedule with a home clash against La Liga side Levante.
Saints confirmed the news on Sunday, with Wednesday 4th August set as the date for the game.
After facing Fulham in a behind-closed-doors match on Saturday which was drawn 1-1, Saints are set to take on Cardiff City and Swansea City on 27th and 31st July respectively as part of a short training camp in Wales.
Home meetings with Levante and Athletic Bilbao then round of pre-season fixtures and will give Saints fans a chance to see their team in action before the start of the Premier League campaign on Saturday 14th August.
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The progress that Saints look to be making in this off-season can be described as steady. They have made two signings and moved some other players on, and kicked off their pre-season games with a decent performance against Fulham.
Adding some other high-quality opponents to their schedule ahead of the upcoming campaign will make sure that this progress remains on track. Two more Championship teams and two La Liga outfits will put Saints up against some strong players who will provide a true test of Ralph Hasenhuttl and his side’s preparations.
Saints fans will also be hoping that some of these games will be used to bed in new signings. Things seem to have gone quiet on the incoming transfers front at the moment, but movements could be swift once the market opens up towards the 2021/22 season kick-off.
Equally important though is the fitness of the players currently at the club. Some have had more time to rest up, some have had little time off with participation in the Euros and others like Mohammed Salisu look to building fitness well having played the full 90 minutes against Fulham.