Southampton boss Ronald Koeman comments on potential top four tilt

Southampton continued their good run of form with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman appears to be managing expectations about any talk of potentially qualifying for next season's Champions League as his side extended their unbeaten run to seven games thanks to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. 

The Saints sit in seventh place in the Premier League, and are just four points off fourth place, but Koeman has acknowledged a lot can change between now and May, and 11 games is still a little early to assess things - and backs sides who have struggled in the early stages of the season like Chelsea to bounce back.

The Dutchman is quoted in the Southern Daily Echo, saying: “We know that we can beat everyone, we know and we show that in the first half and it’s all about every time, every day, work hard, try to do it better, play out of your strengths what we know and fight for every minute and then the quality makes the difference.

“My experience is maybe they are struggling maybe at the moment but they will not struggle until the end of the season and then normally they will come back because they have great managers, great players and maybe they will be a bit more lucky than so far."

At the early stage of the season, the league table probably looks a little unfamiliar, with Leicester City and West Ham United both seemingly challenging for a place in the top four as things stand, while defending champions Chelsea find themselves 10 points off the Champions League places in 15th. 

There is time for things to change. Southampton will know from last season that they spent a lot of time as if they were on course to qualify for the Champions League with positive results against the top teams. When they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in January last season, it looked as if they were going to be hard to stop but then results started going against them.

What is for sure is that sides will take the threat that Southampton have to offer very seriously. They've shown on numerous occasions that they are capable of punishing the top sides and going on decent runs of form, the perfect ingredients required to break into the league's elite.

Competition is incredibly fierce for those places, and though they may not be among the favourites for one of those places, it would be a little foolish to write them off. 

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