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Southampton targeting top-half Premier League finish, says Nathan Redmond

first_img1 Nathan Redmond is targeting a top-half Premier League finish with Southampton this season – but knows Saints may need to win their remaining three games to achieve it.Claude Puel’s side have gone off the boil in recent weeks and have taken just two points from their last five matches.Southampton’s last win came over West Brom on April 8 and the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night means finishing inside the top 10 is now a challenge.Despite such a forgettable run, the south-coast club will definitely end the campaign in the top-half by winning their remaining matches.They face relegated Middlesbrough on Saturday before a Manchester United side with more than one eye on the Europa League final visit St Mary’s on Wednesday, with a home clash with Stoke bringing the curtain down on Puel’s first season in charge.Former Norwich winger Redmond has settled in well since he joined Saints last summer and he wants form to lift as the season reaches its climax.“We would like to finish strong,” he told saintsfc.co.uk.“We want to finish in the top half of the table and as high as we can. We need maximum points from our last three games to do so.“I think with two games in a week and four in two weeks it is important, whatever the result, that you bounce back and put the last game to bed and focus on the next game at hand.”A trip to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside may seem a good place to start their run-in with a bang, but Redmond admits it can be a different challenge when coming up against a side with nothing to lose.“A little bit,” he replied when asked if he was wary of Boro’s situation.“At the same time you have to go out there and respect them regardless of their situation. We have a task at hand, we want to win the game at that is our main focus.”Southampton’s recent ills have been mainly caused by a lack of goal threat, with the loss to Arsenal the third game in a row where they have failed to score.“We have been working hard on it in training,” Redmond added.“There is a time where everything we touched would go in at one point, especially for the likes of Gabbi (Manolo Gabbiadini), Charlie (Austin) and myself, it is just about keeping plugging away and the chances we get, we will be sure to put them away soon.”Southampton announced on Friday that they will sport charity-branded shirts for their clash with United.The game against Jose Mourinho’s side will see Saints wear home shirts with ‘Scope’ emblazoned on them as their main sponsor Virgin Media look to support the disability charity. Southampton’s Nathan Redmond holds off Mesut Ozil last_img read more

Ex-Premier League star sent to Portsmouth for texting Juventus chief’s girlfriend

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ However, his innocent mistake landed him in serious hot water and with a one-way ticket to Fratton Park.The 36-year-old attacker told CAMFOOT.com: “My entire life outside of Juve has been scandalous.“Myself and two other French players at the club were having Italian lessons with a beautiful tutor.“One evening we were at home and I sent the teacher a message inviting her round for a drink with us. Pericard in action for Carlisle in 2010 against Everton Vincent Pericard revealed he ruined his career at Juventus by asking the vice-chairman’s girlfriend for a date.The Frenchman joined the Serie A giants from St-Etienne in 2000 and seemed destined to make it at the top. 2 A simple text message cost him his career at Juventus “An hour later the phone rang. It was Roberto Bettega, the Juventus vice-chairman.“He gave us a b*llocking and asked us who we thought we were to send messages to his girlfriend.“We didn’t know she was his girlfriend. We were hauled in for talks, and they loaned me out to Portsmouth.“It was terrible as things had been going so well for me at Juventus. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BEST OF latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Football Stories LATEST tense Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 revealed scrap “I ruined my career with Juve all because of an unfortunate text.“I have no doubt that without that happening my life would have been totally different.”Pericard went on to have spells with Southampton, Sheffield United, Millwall, Plymouth, Carlisle and Swindon. gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update last_img read more