Ronald Koeman wary of Spurs threat

The Southampton manager has warned his players not to lose focus despite Tottenham having lost their shot at the Premier League title

Ronald Koeman wary of Spurs threat
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman | Photo: Independent

Ronald Koeman expects that Tottenham Hotspur will still carry plenty of motivation against Southampton on Sunday, despite seeing their title challenge come to a halt at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Koeman takes his Saints side to North London for a must-win game if they want European football next season but says: “They will want to finish the last home game with a win."

Spurs facing last home game of season

A draw for the hosting side at bitter rivals Chelsea ensured that the title was out of reach, but the Dutchman thinks Spurs won’t be too deflated when Saints arrive at White Hart Lane.

Spurs, who still need a win to guarantee an automatic Champions League spot, won’t let anything get in their way. Speaking with the Saints' official YouTube channel, Koeman said he expects that "they will want to finish their last home game with a win".

However, he did acknowledge that "of course they were disappointed" after throwing away a two-goal lead to concede the title to Leicester.

Koeman at the lane last year. Photo source - Express
Koeman at White Hart Lane last year | Photo: Express

Saints managed a 3-1 victory at Chelsea earlier in the season, and Koeman was taking nothing away from Spurs’ performance.

“It's not a bad result to have a draw away against Chelsea," he went on. "But it was not enough to come closer to Leicester."

Assessing his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino's time at Spurs this season, Koeman said that he had been "very impressed" and are one of the teams in the league who "play the best football", but that "I think we come close to them". 

Koeman praises Pochettino's youth work

Koeman has heaped praise on former Saint Pochettino, speaking highly about his work in bringing through young players while also bringing Spurs back to the big time in the Champions League after finishing in the top two.

The Dutchman hopes to take six points from the remaining two fixtures and have European football back on the South Coast as well next season.