Koeman assures supporters : 'We're hungry for Europe'

Southampton crashed to a 2-0 loss to Leicester on Saturday, their third defeat in four games.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has underlined the club's desire for European football next season, after losing 2-0 to form side Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, the Saints boss made it clear that the goal was to be playing on the continent for the first time in 10 years, despite being on a run of four without a win and concerns about whether the Europa League would be a distraction.

"It's difficult to explain because we play for European football," said the Dutch legend after the disappointing defeat. "If you watch the first goal it tells everything. Between three or four players from Southampton, their player is scoring a goal.

"Everybody is hungry for European football because it's a great achievement and still we are in that situation, we have to react and change our mentality.

"Always the last part of the season gives someone a good or bad feeling. We need a reaction next week at home because the fans expect and deserve a team that will win next week."

Southampton haven't featured in Europe since 2004-05, after they had lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup but qualified as defeated finalists. Koeman will be hoping the Gunners are victorious in the cup once more, so Aston Villa don't take the last European spot and mean that 6th position is the lowest in the league that will guarantee Europe.

Though they lost to Leicester on Saturday, the Saints saw Spurs crash to a 3-0 defeat to Stoke, while Liverpool face a tough match away to Champions Chelsea later on Sunday.

If Koeman and his players really want to make Europe via their league position, they may still have a strong chance of doing so.

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