Steven Davis determined to claim European spot with Southampton

St Marys Southampton

Southampton have a chance of making it into the top six this season.

Steven Davis has told the Daily Echo that Southampton are determined to make it into the Europa League.

Southampton will need to beat Manchester City on the final day of the season and hope that results go in their favour if they are to climb into the Premier League’s top six.

It leaves their chances of playing in Europe next season looking slim, but Davis is determined to give his team the best possible chance of making it.

“It’s what we wanted at this stage, to be going into the final game of the season with something to play for," he said.

“It’s something to look forward to, going to Manchester City in what’s such a big game for us.”

“I don’t think we’ve ever differed from our opinion all season that we wanted to qualify for European football.

"It would be great for the club, great for the players to be on the European stage.”

Davis' opinion is a refreshing one as it is rare to see an English club view the Europa League as a reward.

The prolonged nature of the tournament can mean that some teams view the competition as a hindrance, as it can negatively impact on their league form.

The demands of playing so regularly in midweek can be detrimental to some sides' league form - with Everton showing how difficult it can be to juggle a domestic and European campaign at the same time this season.

Southampton would be prepared to take that risk, though, as the experience of playing in the Europa League would cap off a rapid rise for the club.

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