Southampton’s Ronald Koeman has set his eyes in securing a top spot in the Premier League that would allow the English club of competing in the Europa League for the upcoming season but things have started to become difficult for Ronald Koeman and his players.
On May 2, Sunderland received Southampton at the Stadium of Light and Ronald Koeman’s team were the favorites of claiming a victory as Sunderland is struggling just to stay out of the bottom relegation zone but in football anything can happen and indeed this match emerged with a surprising victory as it was Sunderland who came out on top with the victory.
Jordi Gomez scored twice as he helped Sunderland claiming a surprising but at the same time crucial triumph for his team as they overcame Southampton with a final scoreboard of 2-1.
Even with this defeat, Southampton still has a very good chance of snatching a Europa League position but they will have to get back to their winning ways and pick up triumphs in at least 2 of their 3 remaining matches.
Leicester City, Aston Villa and Manchester City are the last obstacles that Southampton have to face in this season and 2 triumphs from these games might just be enough for Ronald Koeman to position Southampton in a European spot.
One of things that Ronald Koeman has to overcome is the injury of Morgan Schneiderlin as the midfielder has been ruled out of action and cannot play any of the remaining matches of the season due to a knee injury.
Ronald Koeman confirmed that Morgan Schneiderlin will not be able to return to the pitch for the remaining matches of the season as the Dutch manager said: “It’s the ligaments of his left knee and that’s a shame because he’s out for the last part of the season. He’s a key player so it’s disappointing. It’s a knee injury. It’s not five months but at least four or five weeks.”