Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Echo that next season could be more difficult than the current one has been.
The Saints lost a number of players last summer, but they have dealt with the problems that presented with consummate ease.
Koeman's men have managed to get into seventh position in the Premier League table, but the Dutch boss fears that the rising levels of expectation on the south coast will create a new challenge at St. Mary's.
“I think to stay and to keep comfortable position on the table (next season) but we know the expectations will be more higher than it was in this season and that makes it more difficult," he said.
Despite Koeman's fears, Southampton do appear well placed to continue their success in the years to come.
The south coast club have a young squad which is packed with talent and the foundations for a successful future have been laid over a prolonged period of time.
Southampton have adopted a forward-thinking approach ever since they dropped down to League One in the 2010/11 campaign and are reaping the rewards of that strategy now.
Southampton have become a team that a number of rivals across England are trying to emulate, and Koeman will be hoping to build on a very impressive first season in charge next year.