Ronald Koeman: What Southampton must do to finish above Liverpool and Spurs

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman is still confident that Southampton can secure a finish above Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The South Coast club are currently sitting in sixth place, and Koeman has told the Daily Echo how they must play if they are to finish above their rivals.

“We can do, of course we can do,” Koeman said, when asked if the Saints can finish fifth place. “But we have to play like the second half [against Hull] and if we play more games like the first half I think we will be the eighth of the league.”

Koeman’s men currently sit in sixth place, two points ahead of Spurs and one point behind Liverpool, with the same number of games played as their two rivals.

Due to Manchester City’s failings in recent weeks, a top four space is still potentially on the cards, although the Saints will have to overcome a five point gap, whilst hoping that City continue to struggle in the coming weeks.

It could be suggested that Koeman’s men have shot themselves in the foot regarding their own placing, having lost four of their last 10 games, and put in a number of questionable performances.

Considering the lack of squad depth the Dutch coach has to call upon, the job he has done has still been exceptional, and even securing a Europa League spot would be a success - despite the potential allures of Champions League football that were on the table.

It was the 2-0 victory over Hull last weekend that moved the Saints back into sixth spot, as Spurs could only record a loss to Aston Villa, but it was only in the second half that Koeman’s men came to life.

James Ward-Prowse netted a penalty early in the second period, before Graziano Pelle registered his first league goal since December.

It was a laboured victory against a struggling side, but Koeman is right to cast it as the blueprint Southampton should be following if they intend to challenge for fifth spot - or even the Champions League.

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