Schneiderlin determined to keep Saints firing

Morgan Schneiderlin wants to carry the feelgood factor at Southampton into the international break as Saints continue to fight at the top of the table.

Ronald Koeman’s side have won seven of their last eight Premier League fixtures and are just four points adrift of unbeaten leaders Chelsea in second spot.

In contrast Leicester, the visitors to St Mary’s this weekend, have dropped into the relegation zone having mustered just one draw from their previous five games.

Schneiderlin, who has starred in the Southampton midfield since becoming unsettled over the course of a summer that saw a host of big names leave the south coast, wants to heap more misery on the Foxes to leave Saints sitting pretty.

“For a few games now there has been a lot of expectation and we responded well,” he said.

“We are ready to kick on, we know that after Saturday we are going to have another break, the mood is very good but we know it can change very quickly.

“It is important to us before the international break to have a good result against Leicester so we are able to enjoy our national duties.

“Before whatever break it is important to get a victory, but we want to keep second place and to catch Chelsea.”

Schneiderlin will be looking to pick up his seventh France cap in a friendly against Albania next Friday but is remaining focused on Leicester for the time being.

“They have some good players, they did very well against Manchester United (a 5-3 win),” he added.

“We need to be on our toes to win the game. ”

For his part, Matty James insists Leicester should use Southampton for inspiration in their relegation battle.

“We’ve got to aspire to do what they’ve done,” the Leicester midfielder said.

“They did lose a few players in the summer but it doesn’t seem to have affected them at all. It’s a great set-up down there and hopefully in a couple of seasons we can be as established as them.”

“I think each game is a winnable game in this league if you apply yourselves right. We know it’s going to be a tough game and difficult when you go to their place.

“They’re absolutely flying at the minute, but we’ll try to put a plan together for the game.”


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