Leicester will be ‘afraid’ of Southampton, says Koeman

Date published: Saturday 2nd April 2016 1:57

Ronald Koeman: Believes Southampton can beat anyone

Ronald Koeman believes title-chasing Leicester will be “afraid” of Southampton ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes are five points clear at the top of the Premier League with seven games remaining, and another win would take them one step closer to an extraordinary title triumph.

Claudio Ranieri’s side come up against an in form Southampton who have won seven of their last 11 Premier League games, and are now pushing for European qualification.

And Saints boss Koeman, who has been proposed with a five-year plan by the Southampton board, believes his side can “beat everybody”.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Dutchman said: “This weekend could be a big decision (in the title race).

“They (Leicester) are also afraid of Southampton because they know we can beat everybody.

“We showed that against Liverpool, away at Man United, away at Chelsea and we are full of confidence to play.

“We realise they are very tough, very strong, with some good individual players.”

Leicester fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the reverse fixture at S Mary’s and the Saints boss knows his side need to learn from that result.

“Of course we have the experience from the home game,” said Koeman.

“For 60 minutes we were the dominating side, 2-0 up and we should have scored more, but they showed in that game they had a good game and a good spirit and then it was a draw 2-2.

“At that time I was surprised about the position on the table and it is all credit to them that they are still fighting.

“They have a great belief they can win the title and as it nears to the end of the season it is more pressure.”

Southampton had 17 players on international duty during the recent break, but Koeman only has one injury concern for the clash.

Striker Shane Long is a doubt due to some knee trouble he picked up playing for the Republic of Ireland, but Jay Rodriguez, Ryan Bertrand and Charlie Austin are available.


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