Pep Clotet has set out his aim for Birmingham City this season, with his initial target being to secure safety, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.
The Blues currently sit ninth in the table with 10 points after six games, following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Stoke City.
While Clotet has conceded that performances need to improve, he has concluded that he is happy with the current points tally, seeing it as being “10 points closer to safety” and maintaining that is the goal for the campaign.
Birmingham finished last season 17th in the Championship, 12 points above the relegation zone despite having a points deduction.
However, the club have been doubted by some following the departures of key players such as Che Adams, with The Guardian placing Blues in the ‘relegation candidates‘ category in their 2019/20 Championship season preview.
Home and away form have been polar opposites this season for Clotet’s side, as they have suffered 3-0 defeats in each of their three away games in all competitions so far, while going undefeated at home with three wins and a draw, as per Transfermarkt.
If Birmingham are able to improve their away form, then Clotet can begin to look higher than his aim of simply surviving in the Championship, but for now, this is arguably a realistic target.
To lose 3-0 away from home three times in a row is very poor and puts a lot of pressure on home form, which will be highly restrictive for the club if it doesn’t improve.
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