Saints manager dismisses Man United, Liverpool, and Gunners title challenge

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes that the only two teams in the running for the title are Chelsea and Manchester City, dismissing the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Man United, Express reports.

The Saints boss took over a much-changed Southampton during the summer and has performed above expectations, which sees Southampton sit second in the Premier League.

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Koeman believes that although his side can nick points of the big boys and dent their title ambitions, he admits the Saint Mary’s club title-challenging form cannot last the entire season.

“I think it is a two-team race because I still believe that City and Chelsea are stronger over the whole season,” he said.

“In one game I think we can beat them but over the whole season normally they are much stronger than us.

“We know our situation and we know our ambitions but we live game by game, and it is not important and not necessary to look more forward because, in my opinion, that is not the best way to be successful.

“Of course we would like to continue in the good direction the club has been going in the last three or four years. The next step is playing in Europe, we know that.

“It is a dream for the club and a dream for the fans. We have to do it but I have confidence that we can reach that.”

Southampton have won seven out of their last eight games and will look to continue that run with the visit of Leicester City to the Saint Mary’s this weekend.