Southampton manager Ronald Koeman denies that he is under pressure at St Mary’s – despite losing four of his last five games.
The Saints are currently 12th in the Premier League, eight points off the top four, but only seven points above the relegation zone.
Southampton have lost four of their last five games, drawing the other, and after their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace last week, Koeman admits he is not happy with his side’s form.
“It was a disappointing result and it gives always a little bit more pressure,” says Koeman.
“We have had good training sessions but everybody needs to realise that we have to improve. There may be a lack of confidence but still we can play good football. The productivity is not good enough.”
Southampton face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and go into the match on poor form, but a win would put them just two points behind Spurs, who have lost just one of their last 14 games.
Despite a poor run of results, Koeman denies that he is feeling the pressure.
“There is always pressure and I’m used to that,” said the Dutchman.
“The expectations for Southampton are much higher than last year. Our target is very high. If we cannot reach that at the moment, you are always under pressure.
“It’s an open league because Leicester are at the top with teams struggling. If you win you move up maybe five or six positions. I think it’s more close than ever this Premier League so far.
“Leicester have shown why you can beat big teams – spirit, togetherness, quality, system, belief. It’s harder for the big ones to get 90 or 95 points, that’s impossible this season.”