Ronald Koeman says Manchester City will not ease off against his Southampton side on Sunday, despite their upcoming clash with Real Madrid.
After a goalless first leg on Tuesday night, City’s UEFA Champions League semi-final with the Spanish giants is finely poised ahead of the return leg at the Bernabéu on Wednesday evening.
While his side have had all week to prepare for Sunday’s clash at St Mary’s, unlike the visitors, Koeman expects City to be at their best as they look to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four.
“It doesn’t even depend on the line-up of City, because they have 20-25 good international players and it’s not just up to one or two players,” Koeman told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“It is the game between two Champions League games against Real Madrid, but they need to finish in the top four and for them it’s an important game.
“What we can expect, we will see on Sunday. Maybe one or two won’t start, but they have a squad full of quality players that they can change easily.
“We have had a good week in training and we have had time to prepare ourselves. That’s good in the important last part of the season,” Koeman continued.
“We are still fighting for something. We’re close to the European places, but of course we know we need more wins in the last part of the season.”
And Koeman says the players are well aware of the importance of each of the last three matches.
“The players know how big the games are because they know it’s the end of the season. Every mistake now is expensive. Every win gets us closer to our ambition,” Koeman concluded.