Koeman: Hard work and togetherness required

By SFC Media time Thu 03 Dec Club

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says his side must be hard working and together as they look to put Wednesday’s defeat to Liverpool behind them.

Koeman’s men will be straight back on the training pitches on Thursday in preparation for the Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the weekend.

The quick turnaround may be a blessing in disguise for Koeman and his players, with the Saints boss admitting his side must show plenty of character between now and Saturday’s game with the Villans.

“This Saturday is not about the system and who will start,” Koeman told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“It’s about running, hard work, being a team, being compact and showing that we can give a good reaction.

“In my opinion it’s not so difficult [to pick the players up], because we have to take this big disappointment.

“I feel myself very difficult for the fans – everybody came with a lot of expectation and I had that expectation as well. The final performance was not good.

“The final score (against Liverpool) was a high score you didn’t expect. We have to react as a team and we have to go on and prepare ourselves.”

And what must Saints do to get back to winning ways after three defeats in a row against Villa on Saturday?

“It was not good enough defensively and that we have to talk about because it’s all about organisation,” Koeman said.

“Maybe we have to play a little bit more back – waiting and not giving that space. It was too much against Liverpool.

“Thursday is a good day to analyse in which way we can go on, maybe in the system and how we defend. We know we can play good football, but maybe sometimes it is too open.” 

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