Southampton coach Ronald Koeman insists his team can remain in the Premier League’s top four following Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. The Saints, currently second in the English first division table, came from behind to share a point at Villa Park thanks to Nathaniel Clyne’s late strike, which canceled out Gabriel Agbonlahor’s 28th minute opener.
Asked if he thinks his team can still finish in a UEFA Champions League slot for the first time in its history, the Dutchman replied: “Yes I think it is possible. I don’t see a lot of other teams that are better than Southampton.” He added: “We have to play better than tonight but everybody knows the Premier League is a battle every game and there are big teams who are struggling. If we keep going, keep the spirit and character in the team that we showed today, then I think it is possible.”
As Sky Sports points out, the Saints’ top four credentials will be tested over the next few weeks when they face reigning champ Manchester City on Sunday, followed by Arsenal and Manchester United. “We didn’t reach the level we can reach tonight and we need that to be competitive against City on Sunday,” Koeman added. “We are facing three big teams but every game is a difficult battle.”