Southampton boss Koeman comments on likelihood of top four finish

Ronald Koeman believes a top four finish in the Premier League "isn't realistic" despite higher expectations from fans.

"It isn't realistic," Ronald Koeman said simply, when facing questions regarding the likelihood of Southampton maintaining their current form and securing an unlikely top four finish in the Premier League this season.

The Saints are one of the division's success stories so far. After five outings, Koeman's South Coast side have returned a hat-trick of wins, one draw and one loss with nine goals scored, three against and ten points on the board.

Southampton are in second place, three points adrift of pace-setting Chelsea, but one ahead of Arsenal, two points in front of Manchester City, four ahead of Liverpool and already have twice as many points as Manchester United.

"We have played only five games in the Premier League and at the end of the season are 38," added Koeman to Sky Sports in an attempt to ensure his team remain firmly grounded.

"We know it's a long season, it's a tough season. Okay, we know we have a very good start and, of course, after the win of last Tuesday, the expectations of the fans and of the press is much higher than it was before the first game.

"But it will be more difficult and we have to realise that and to keep going."

Southampton take on Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, September 27 at St Mary's Stadium.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch