Ronald Koeman: Southampton will attack Manchester City

We bring you the headlines from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman's press conference earlier today...

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has said that it will be important that his side stick to their principles against Manchester City this weekend. 

Because of City's attacking threat, many opponents choose to alter their tactics and adopt a more defensive approach when facing Manuel Pellegrini's men.

However, Koeman has no such plans, and he insists that his Southampton team will continue playing their expansive brand of football. 

"What's most important is that we keep our style of playing," Koeman said in a press conference today, "That way the chance to be successful is much higher.

"Manchester City will take this game seriously. They know that we are strong and that they'll have to be good to beat us."

Saints have a two points advantage over City heading into the fixture, and they will be determined to maintain that for as long as possible.

Pellegrini's team have shown a lot of deficiencies already this season and the Saints have taken advantage of this fact to climb above them in the table. 

Maintaining this will be tough, but Koeman was in confident mood when questioned on what looks a challenging game this afternoon. 

"We've played 12 games now. I haven't seen one team better than we [are] – maybe we will on Sunday," he said. "We've shown before that it's not easy to beat us, and we'll show that again."

Southampton have the best defensive record in the league, meaning City may be reliant on Sergio Aguero continuing his fine form.

The Argentine has bailed the club out on numerous occasions already this campaign and if Southampton can keep him quiet they will feel confident of achieving a result.

The worry for the South Coast club is that a defeat in this match could spark a down-turn in form.

Their fixture list sees them have to face Arsenal and Manchester United in the weeks after this match so they will be looking to build confidence by getting a good result at St. Mary's. 

If they can, then they will cement their status of Champions League contenders this season and show that they can compete with the very best. 

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