RONALD Koeman believes that qualifying for the Champions League isn’t out of the question for Saints this season.
Saints broke into the Premier League's top six with a 1-0 win at Swansea on Saturday and are on a sensational run of form, with five victories in their last six games without conceding a goal.
Koeman’s side are now very much in sight of a Europa League place, but the boss is aiming for one better and has urged his side to keep focused.
“If Leicester can win the title – then we can be fourth or fifth in the league,” he said.
“It’s really a tough competition and now we’re one point behind Manchester United. We past West Ham and it’s all about focus every weekend and, okay, we’re doing well.
“We are looking very comfortable, but we need to keep this up. That’s all about training, focus, concentration.”
Koeman was disappointed after dropping out the Europa League before the group stages earlier this season and wants another crack at European football at St Mary’s.
“It was a disappointment. If we get a next opportunity to play in Europe, we would like to take it,” he said.
The Saints boss reached 100 points with the Liberty Stadium win. It isn’t something he’s dwelling on, though, as he eyes another lofty finish in the Premier League with 12 games left to go.
“For a Southampton manager a 100 points in one and a half year is special. Maybe, yes,” he said.
“We are doing well. Also we had a difficult start to the season. We had a difficult period in December, but back again [to form].
“Again fighting for a high position in the table, that’s what we want. That’s our ambition.”
Such is the turnaround in form for Saints, that one journalist at Koeman’s post-match press conference even asked about the possibility of winning the league.
The manager dismissed the idea.
“No no no, that distance [is too big],” said Koeman, with a smile. “We know our and we are happy about our position in the table and we know there are still 12 games to play and 36 points.”