Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has told the Daily Echo he feels the club are fully ready for the challenge of the Champions League.
“One hundred per cent ready for that - We’ve always spoken since I came here, day one, was that our dream was to go into Europe,” said Krueger.
“We’re expecting every single department, every single area of the club – not just the football – to be ready for the next step, and it’s not something that has to happen, but we are ready if it happens.”
The comments should be extremely encouraging for Southampton fans who may have been a little wary of the impact Champions League football could have on the club.
The exposure and pressure of being in the competition will be huge for the Saints and it will place a big strain over the club in all areas.
However, on the other hand, it’s going to create a number of benefits for the club from a financial point of view.
It’s a competition which will bring in extra income for the club and it would also allow them to restructure current commercial agreements with sponsors and advertisers at the club.
Ronald Koeman will also be placed under massive pressure because he’ll have a big job in terms of improving the size and quality of his first team squad.
If the Saints get a top four spot and if Koeman improves his squad effectively, there’s no reason why the club can’t do well in the competition.