Les Reed desperate to see Southampton in Europe

Southampton are hoping to claim a place in the Europa League at the end of an impressive Premier League campaign.

Southampton executive director Les Reed has told BBC Sport that he will consider this season to have been a disappointment if the club fail to make it into Europe.

Southampton have defied expectations to occupy a standing in the upper echelons of the Premier League table all season.

Most onlookers would suggest that, whatever happens from here on in, the Saints have put together a very impressive campaign, but Reed has loftier ambitions and admits that he would be disappointed if the side didn't claim a spot in the Europa League.

"I would be disappointed if we didn't make Europe this season, but we have set our own standards now and we are confident over the course of the coming years we will play in Europe and we are confident we are right to have an aspiration to play in the Champions League."

Southampton are currently in seventh place in the top-flight standing, so they will have to have a strong end to the season if they are to prevent Reed from feeling disappointed.

At the moment Ronald Koeman's side are in a battle with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool for a place in Europe's secondary competition, but they are likely to be the team with the most motivation to make it.

Spurs and Liverpool feel that the Europa League can act as a distraction while chasing down Champions League targets, but Southampton would relish a continental campaign.

At the moment Koeman's side are one point behind Spurs and Liverpool, but with four games left it is still all to play for.

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