Koeman backs Saints to handle pressure

By SFC Media time Wed 26 Aug Club

Ronald Koeman says Southampton can handle the pressure in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off against FC Midtjylland.

Jess Thorup, the boss of the Danish champions, believes the pressure is on Koeman’s men in Denmark on Thursday night following last week’s 1-1 draw at St Mary’s.

But Koeman says his side will be able to handle the pressure, admitting the result is all that matters at the MCH Arena on Thursday.

“The most important in European football is the result. It’s not about playing attractive, nice football, the most important is to win the game,” Koeman told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“You start the season about how you like to play football. You have enough sessions to develop the system and the team, but Thursday is not how we win, it’s if we win.

“We had the same pressure of being the favourite before in the two legs against Vitesse and we had the same last week in the first leg.

“We know normally we are the better team but not always the best team wins the game. It’s up to a lot of details in the game,” Koeman continued.

“We have to analyse what went wrong last week and we have to analyse how we can cause them problems. That was more in the second half last week than the first.”

Koeman will hope to have Sadio Mané available for Thursday night’s game, but will be without midfielder Victor Wanyama.

“Sadio is doubtful,” Koeman confirmed. “Normally he will do the beginning of the session (on Wednesday), separate of the team. Maybe he can be involved in the second part.

“Victor Wanyama hasn’t travelled because from Tuesday he is ill at home. The latest update from the doctor is that he has a stomach infection.”

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