Next Game

Vitesse A v So'ton

Thursday, 06 August 2015, 19:00

Europa League Qual Third Round

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 3 - 0 Vitesse A

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 20:05

Europa League Qual Third Round

Laudrup questions CL claims

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has told Southampton they are not yet good enough to secure Champions League qualification.

Last Updated: 06/10/13 at 12:58 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup: Southampton not Champions League material

Michael Laudrup: Southampton not Champions League material

Laudrup takes his side to St Mary's on Sunday on the back of a 1-0 victory over St Gallen in the Europa League in midweek.

But he feels claims by the likes of Artur Boruc and Victor Wanyama, as well as Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, that they are targeting a top-four finish are unrealistic and urged them to lower their expectations.

"It's always good to be ambitious but, of course, I think there are better teams than that," said Laudrup.

"I like the team they have. It's a team who can be in the top 10.

"Those spots - eight, nine and 10 - are the maximum for them and us in terms of what we can go for.

"I still believe you have all the big sides. The Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton. That's seven.

"In my opinion, the rest of us play for eighth position and down."

With regard to their own targets, Laudrup is looking to get some points on the board after a difficult run of matches that has seen them restricted to seven points from their opening six matches.

The Welsh side have already faced Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal this season and the Dane is now looking forward to facing one of the 'best of the rest'.

"We have to take things step by step," he added.

"We've had a very difficult start. We've played some of the top four and the big teams in the first six games.

"But this is a good test for us on Sunday because Southampton is absolutely one of the best teams of the rest.

"It will be a tough test for us."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company