Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is eyeing maiden victories against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to keep his side’s European hopes alive.
Saints have suffered three defeats against City and picked up just a point from three games against Spurs since Koeman arrived at St Mary’s in the summer of 2014.
With Koeman knowing three wins may well be required from the remaining games of the season to secure European football, he says there will be no better time than to record his first wins against both clubs.
“We realise that one of the teams we did not beat in the last two seasons is Manchester City and that’s always difficult,” Koeman told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“I know that Man City we had three matches against them and lost them all. Next week is Tottenham and we had at least a draw against Tottenham.
“But these are the only two clubs that we haven’t beaten. Of course that’s more of a personal target to beat them.”
What can Saints do to record their first victory against City under Koeman? “We know we can be strong at home,” Koeman added.
“We have had six wins out of the last eight home games. We have scored more goals at home than away, but we know they have good players.
“Maybe they have some players who are already thinking about the next Real Madrid game (City play in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday evening).
“If you can start well and aggressively and make it a tough game for them, maybe it’s another reason as to how we can win the game.”