Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng believes his side can finish in the top seven in the Premier League and potentially qualify for next season’s Europa League.
The Swans have enjoyed a decent season in boss Garry Monk’s first full campaign in charge and Saturday’s latest victory over Stoke has moved the Welsh club to within four points of seventh-placed Southampton in the table.
Seventh does not automatically guarantee the Jags a spot in Europe next season, but should Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on May 30 then finishing in that position would seal continental qualification.
With just three games left in the league campaign it remains unlikely that the Swans will seal a place in Europe at the expense of the Saints, but Ki for one believes his side still have a realistic chance of achieving that goal.
He said: “I think it’s not impossible that we can challenge for seventh position.”
The Swans do have some tough fixtures left to play with Monk’s men next in action on May 11 when they travel to the Emirates to take on cup finalists Arsenal, before they finish the campaign with matches at home to Manchester City and away to Crystal Palace.
The South Korean midfielder, who has bagged an impressive eight league goals already this campaign, believes City’s previous good form against the bigger teams within the division means they go into the remaining fixtures full of belief.
He continued: “Of course, we have some tough games left and it will be difficult. But we have done very well against big teams this season and we will keep pushing ourselves as hard as we can.”
Despite the 26-year-old’s positivity, Swansea remain outsiders to defeat the Gunners next week and are available at 9.00 to spring such a surprise, with the Gunner on offer at 1.30 and the draw 4.75.