English Premiership

Koeman still harbours Euro hope

2015-02-02 08:33
Ronald Koeman (AFP)

Southampton - Ronald Koeman insists Southampton can still qualify for the Champions League despite seeing their aspirations suffer a major blow against Swansea.

Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey stunned St Mary's with the late winner on Sunday.

Coupled with wins for Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, their top-four rivals, and it was a bad weekend for Southampton.

Southampton have been the surprise packages this season but manager Koeman said: "We can expect that teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool will win games.

"They are big teams with good players. I'm not surprised that they will come back. For us it's difficult to keep our position in the table and we know that.

"We have to be very good in every game. We saw here that if every individual player is not on his best level, then it's more difficult.

"There wasn't one moment where we thought we could keep this (top-four) because we know it's very difficult.

"The position in the table still after this defeat is not normal for Southampton but we will keep going. We came back after defeats in December and I'm sure with that with the spirit the player have we will do it again."


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