Ronald Koeman says Liverpool and Tottenham should be unhappy with Europa League place

But the Dutchman would snap up the chance of playing in Europe.

Southampton take on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, with Ronald Koeman hoping to get one over on his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.

Koeman has performed wonders at Southampton this season. After he took over, and a whole heap of key players left The Saints, many predicted Southampton would struggle this season.

But they have excelled. Currently they are seventh in the Premier League but only one point behind both Liverpool and Spurs in the race for Europe.

And Koeman believes that both Liverpool and Tottenham should be disappointed to only qualify for the Champions League.

Koeman told The Telegraph:

“We take that problem. If you’re coach of Tottenham and if you’re coach of Liverpool you won’t be happy about Europa League. But I’m the coach of Southampton. It will be great for the fans, for the club and for the players. I think in all aspects it would be positive for our development.”

It could be some kidology from the Dutchman. By playing down the need of Tottenham to be in the competition, he may manage to catch them cold in the league this weekend.

Both Liverpool and Tottenham played in the Europa League this season and whimpered out against Besiktas and Fiorentina respectively. However their league form has not been hampered as much as Everton's as a consequence of the Europa League and Southampton should look at The Toffees season before making wishes they may regret.

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