Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports that his former club Southampton can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
The Saints are currently third in the league table with 39 points from 21 matches, two points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United.
The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton are all below Southampton, who are having a truly brilliant season.
Le Tissier, who watched Ronald Koeman’s side defeat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday, is confident of the Saints finishing in a Champions League place.
“When you’ve picked up seven points against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, there will certainly be a few more fans starting to believe,” the 46-year-old told Sky Sports.
“I think once you get into this stage of the season, anybody down to Liverpool will believe they have a decent chance of making the top four and we’re certainly one of those teams.
“The point that we got against Chelsea just gave us that little bit of belief that we can get something out of those big games.”
What’s remarkable about Southampton is the way they have bounced back from disappointing results to get their top-four quest back on track.
In late November, the Saints were hammered 3-0 by defending English champions Manchester City at St. Mary’s Stadium, before starting December with defeats to Arsenal (1-0 away) and Manchester United (2-1 at home).
Those results certainly raised questions on Southampton’s top-four credentials, but Koeman’s side have become stronger because of those defeats.
Southampton ended 2014 with an encouraging 1-1 home draw with league leaders Chelsea, before starting the New Year with a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at St. Mary’s.
The Saints may not have a ‘glamorous’ team or big-name players, but they are certainly very much in the race for a top-four spot.
Who knows, Southampton may even finish third in the Premier League this season…