Ronald Koeman comments on Southampton's Champions League hopes

Southampton have won five of their last six league games and are now seven points behind the Champions League places.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman hasn't ruled out his side qualifying for next season's Champions League as their impressive run continued with a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

The Saints haven't conceded in each of their last six games and have won five in the process to move up to sixth in the Premier League table - and are now seven points behind Manchester City who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Koeman is quoted by the Southern Daily Echo, saying: “If Leicester can win the title – then we can be fourth or fifth in the league.

“It’s really a tough competition and now we’re one point behind Manchester United. We past West Ham and it’s all about focus every weekend and, okay, we’re doing well.

“We are looking very comfortable, but we need to keep this up. That’s all about training, focus, concentration."

A seven point gap over the course of 12 games is not out of the question in terms of overhauling Southampton, but it will take the kind of form seen in their last six league games for them to achieve that particular objective.

Certainly there is the opportunity for the Saints to secure qualification for Europe for the second successive season. After the visit of Chelsea in two weeks' time to St Mary's, there's arguably a good little run of games where Southampton will be targeting maximum points, and feel they have to win if any hopes of achieving a top four finish become a reality.

They will, of course, also be targeting a win over Chelsea but games Bournemouth, Sunderland and Stoke City before they face a more tricky run are going to be key it would seem. Nine points from those three games feels like a must. 

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