Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has labelled Slaven Bilic’s decision to take a second string side to Romania for the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier as “crazy”.
Southampton start their match against Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem tonight as favourite given a 3-0 lead.
“I have to make decisions, my decision is not to lose the game but to win it. There have been many unusual things but we knew from the start that it is not an ideal pre-season because we have had qualification, starting from the bottom.
“I don’t like the excuse, I don’t see it as a problem, it is a situation and I’m trying to cope with it.
However, when asked about Bilic’s decision Koeman did not hold back declaring: “It is a crazy thing to think about.“To throw everything away in the start of the Europa League legs. I don’t like that.
“I am a person who likes to win always and I hate losing. I hate to lose and that mentality needs my players as well.”