Southampton boss aiming for top four finish

Ronald Koeman believes that if his Southampton side can maintain their early season form, finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is a realistic aim.

Despite a disruptive summer on the South Coast in which a number of key men from last term’s impressive top half finish left, the start to the new campaign has been fantastic at St Mary’s Stadium.

Koeman – who came in to replace now Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino – has guided his team up into second position after six games, with their only loss of the Premier League season coming on the opening day at Liverpool.

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With new signings Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle having performed well and full-back Nathaniel Clyne now in the England set-up, there is a real positive mood at Southampton and Koeman feels that aiming to be in the top four at the end of 2014/15 is now realistic:

“If we continue like this, we can finish in the top four.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

“Normally, teams like Tottenham and Manchester United will be up there because they have enough good players – maybe too many for most clubs to compete. But if we keep the belief, spirit and ambition, nothing is impossible.”

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