Tuesday 23 January 2018

Koeman: 'We must win six'

Ronald Koeman believes Southampton will have to win their six remaining games to stand any chance of reaching the Champions League.

This has been a remarkable season at St Mary's, with the club already having levelled the record Premier League points tally of 56 set last year.

That record will no doubt be broken in the coming weeks and things could get better still, with Manchester City's sudden drop-off opening up the potential for a top-four finish. Saints have five points to claw back on the reigning champions but Koeman believes it is possible if they win all their remaining games. "Normally yes," the Dutchman said. "The distance is five points. We need to win I think all.

"They (City) don't lose three games, no. They have the next two at home. Normally, with the players that they have, the qualities.

"You never know, but it's all about to win the last six to have really a good chance to be one of the top four teams."

Saints travel to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the season and, by contrast to the other sides chasing a top-four berth, have a kind set of fixtures before that.

Tottenham and Aston Villa come to St Mary's, while trips to Sunderland, Leicester and City follow today's match at Stoke. "Every game is difficult. You have to be on your level to win a game. All are difficult," he said.

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