Koeman: Southampton will not be second after 38 games

Ronald Koeman has analysed Southampton's chances of staying in their current position for the duration of the season.

Southampton's start may have raised expectations around St. Mary's, but Ronald Koeman has been keen to calm supporters down. 

The Saints have climbed into second spot in the Premier League at this early stage of the season and anticipation has rarely been greater at the South Coast club.

However, Koeman admits his side will not be able to maintain their current form and he expects them to drop down the table in the future - although he still believes that a top-four spot is possible. 

"We try to keep our position, to keep our way of playing because we believe in our way of playing brings points but we know after 38 games we will not still be second in the table – but maybe the third," he admitted to the Daily Echo

Southampton drew their last fixture 1-1 with Aston Villa last night and they now have a two point cushion over third placed Manchester City.

Their upcoming fixtures look like a thorough test of the credentials to make it into the Champions League, though, and their capabilities this season should be easier to assess after their next three games. 

The Saints face City next weekend before taking on fellow top-four chasers Arsenal and Manchester United. 

It is a run of games which could threaten to damage their season, but if they are able to come through them unharmed then confidence will be even higher. 

At the moment Southampton are seven points clear of Newcastle United in fifth place, giving them a good amount of breathing room ahead of their challenging set of fixtures. 

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