Koeman plays down Champions League speculation

Saints boss Koeman has played down hopes that the Saints could achieve fourth place this term.

Koeman plays down Champions League speculation
Ronald Koeman's side face Chelsea this weekend (photo source:getty images)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has stated that achieving a Champions League spot is not on his mind, as the reds look to continue their good form.

The Saints are unbeaten in their previous six matches, and have kept a clean sheet in every one of those games to put the south coast club just one point off of Manchester United in fifth, and seven points behind Manchester City who currently occupy that coveted fourth place.

Koeman keeping his charges grounded

Talking ahead of Southampton’s crunch clash with Chelsea this weekend, the Dutchman played down speculation linking the club with Champions League football: “No, of course we have objectives before the season and our ambition is to play in Europe."

He added, “But it’s not about, we need to finish fifth, or we need to finish better than last season. Football is difficult and we need to enjoy this moment of the season.

With the two Manchester clubs seemingly faltering at times this season and producing some rather inconsistent form, if the Saints can in fact continue their excellent run, beginning with Chelsea at the weekend, then they could find themselves in the position to at least push both clubs all the way to the end of the season for fourth place.

The Saints beat Chelsea last time at Stamford Bridge when the blues were managed by Jose Mourinho (photo source: Reuters)
The Saints beat Chelsea last time at Stamford Bridge when the blues were managed by Jose Mourinho (photo source: Reuters)

Tough test to come

Koeman continued: “We know after a good run, it’s always difficult to continue and we have a tough one this Saturday.”

If the Saints can stretch their impressive run and beat Guus Hiddink’s side on Saturday then they find themselves in an excellent position going into March. With the small matter of a south coast derby to come against Bourenmouth they then face Sunderland, Stoke City and Liverpool in games Koeman will feel very confident going into.

They can crank up the pressure on United with a result against Chelsea on Saturday and could find themselves above the red devils if they slip up in their match against Arsenal on Sunday.