Ronald Koeman: Qualifying for the Europa League could be a problem for Southampton

Southampton are trying to make it into the Europa League spots this season.

Ronald Koeman has admitted at his press conference today that Southampton could create a problem for themselves by qualifying for the Europa League.

The Saints are locked in a battle to qualify for continental competition with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and Koeman says that by claiming fifth spot his side's league form could be negatively impacted.

He is not too concerned by that, though, and the Dutch boss still insists that making it into Europe remains an objective for his side. 

There have been numerous examples of teams whose league form has taken a turn for the worse as a result of playing in the Europa League, but it would be a special achievement for Southampton to get there and that is what makes it so appealing.

It was only four years ago that Southampton were playing League One football, so for them to be taking on some of Europe's biggest sides next season would be a major achievement.

They will need to have a strong end to the campaign if they are to meet their aim, though, as they are currently one point behind their nearest rivals.

Southampton, arguably, would be keener to qualify for the Europa League than either of Liverpool or Tottenham, but they will not simply sacrifice their positions and it will be up to Koeman's side to finish the season strongly enough to catch them both. 

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