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Koeman Pleased With Leverkusen Challenge

Koeman Pleased With Leverkusen Challenge

Manager Ronald Koeman saw us lose one nil against Bayer Leverkusen in our final pre season warm up of the summer, but was very pleased with the test they posed for us as we build towards the big kick off next week.

Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for the manager and he told saintsfc.

'It was a good match on a high level because Leverkusen is a strong team and they showed that to us. It was not easy to create a lot of opportunities, but I think we didn't deserve to lose. We were very unlucky with the 1-0 from a corner kick and we created some good opportunities in the first 45 minutes, but ok it was a good test.'

An unfortunate own goal from summer signing Graziano Pelle in the 56th minute settled the tie, but despite being pleased overall with the game Koeman did pick out a few things he wants the team to work on this week in training and improve on for when we kick off the season for real.

'Sometimes we have to know when the play a little bit quicker because next week we won't get the time to play easy. We have one more week to prepare ourselves in a little stronger way than we were.'

Having fielded the same side and formation as we did against Brighton, the manager also said he had completely made his mind up about the first team for the Liverpool game but he feels in general we have good options to switch things up if needed.

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Writer:Vital Saint
Date:Sunday August 10 2014
Time: 5:10PM

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