Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is confident his side can qualify for the Champions League this season.
Saints, who have won six of their last 10 Premier League games, are currently third in the standings – two points clear of fifth placed Spurs.
Many expected the St Mary’s side to struggle this term after a number of high-profile exits and a change in manager this summer, but instead they are challenging for a top four finish and a place in Europe’s top competition next season.
Ward-Prowse accepts they face a huge battle to finish in the top four, but he is convinced they can maintain their challenge until the end of the campaign.
“There’s a lot of people in the summer who doubted us and didn’t think we’d be where we were today, but we’ve got the qualities, we’ve got the fighting spirit, we’ve got the right mentality and it’s just a case of making sure we carry that on for the next 14 games or so to ensure that we are there or thereabouts come the end of the season,” He told the Daily Echo.
Southampton host West Ham on Wednesday, with the Hammers also involved in the battle for European qualification as they sit eighth in the table ahead of the clash at St Mary’s.
Saints are 1.67 to take all three points or 2.69 to win to nil.