Southampton's new star Sadio Mane comments on chances of top-four finish

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Southampton star Sadio Mane believes the Saints can keep up their current pace.

With eight wins and one draw from the first 11 games of the season it's fair to say that Southampton's season so far has been a remarkable success.

New manager Ronald Koeman has surprisingly improved on a team which was torn apart after an eighth place finish, with many of his new signings impressing.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, central defender Toby Alderweireld, left back Ryan Bertrand, midfielder Dusan Tadic and striker Graziano Pelle have all been key parts of the Saints side so far having arrived in the summer, and one other new addition is starting to impose himself on Premier League defences.

Winger Sadio Mane, 22, joined the Saints in a £12m deadline day deal from Red Bull Salzburg, where he had scored 45 goals in just 87 games.

Whilst it took him a few weeks to really get a shot in the first team, Mane is now in the starting line-up, and has dazzled with his pace and trickery on the left hand side of Southampton's front three.

The Senegal international was superb against Leicester on Saturday, and with plaudits raining in from all angles for the Saints, Mane believes that they can keep up their current pace and claim a top four spot.

"I hope and I am confident that we can hold this pace and level of playing football", he said.

"Obviously, in the Premier League there are always the three, four or five big teams which can be found at the top of the table, but I am glad that so far, there are some teams up there that could be called a little surprise, including us."

"However, we have to stay realistic. It will be hard to remain where we are today. We will give our best to defend this place, and I have no doubt we have the potential and will," added Mane.

Southampton have been spectacular so far this term, but after facing Aston Villa later this month, they face their biggest run of games so far this season - Manchester City at home, Arsenal away and Manchester United at home.

If they can come through those games and show that they can go toe-to-toe with the usual top four sides, then the Saints will have a great chance of cementing a shock Champions League spot.

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