English Premiership

Koeman targets European qualification

2016-02-26 16:45

Cape Town - Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has urged his side to maintain their good run of form in order to secure a place in Europe for the second consecutive season.

With two of England's three Europa League spots going to the winners of England's domestic cups, Southampton's only chance of European football next season is if they finish in the top six of the Premier League.

The Saints currently lie sixth in the table, just a point behind fifth-place Manchester United after winning five of their last six matches.

"Of course we have some objectives before the season," Koeman said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Southampton's match against Chelsea on Saturday. "What we did last season meant we got an opportunity to play in Europe - and that's our ambition.

"It's not about if we finish fifth, or that we need to do better than last season. Football is difficult - we enjoy the moment of the season but we know also that after a good run it is difficult to continue that, and we have a tough one this Saturday."

Koeman also confirmed that long-term absentees Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos are back in training, although a lack of match fitness means the pair are unlikely to return for this weekend's fixture.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur, Bramall Lane 02:00
Arsenal v Norwich City, Emirates Stadium 02:00
Crystal Palace v Burnley, Selhurst Park 02:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, The American Express Community Stadium 02:00
Watford v Southampton, Vicarage Road 02:00
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Villa Park 02:00
AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United, Vitality Stadium 02:00
Sunday, 05 April 2020
Manchester City v Liverpool, Etihad Stadium 02:00
West Ham United v Chelsea, London Stadium 02:00
Monday, 06 April 2020
Everton v Leicester City, Goodison Park 02:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.