Southampton still aiming for Champions League place

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In the past few weeks the belief that Southampton will be able to obtain a Champions League place has seemingly dissipated.

Graziano Pelle had struggled to find the net in his last 1245 minutes of Premier League football for the Saints and this has contributed to a few disappointing results

Such was the disappointment of the 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park last week, where Southampton largely dominated, it seems a large majority of fans have already settled for a Europa League place. 

However after Saturday's win over Premier League struggler's Hull City, it isn't out of Southampton's reach to deservedly win a Champions League place.

After Manchester City's loss to arch rivals Manchester United it leaves Southampton five points behind the Citizens, and they still have City to play on the last day of the season so could gain points on them.

Southampton stars have not given up

Ryan Bertrand told Southampton's official website that he believes it is possible to catch City as long as Southampton win all of their remaining games.

"It’s a big ask (to catch Manchester City) but we just have to keep going," he admitted. "We have six games left and the aim is to win them all and see where that leaves us."

Also in contention for that fourth place spot is Tottenham - now with former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, they are two points behind Saints after a shock 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, now headed by Tim Sherwood.

Huge game on the horizon

On Saturday 25 April, Southampton and Tottenham face each other at St Mary's and this will be a crucial tie in the race for fourth place, should Manchester City drop anymore points.

It was a relief for Pelle to end his goal drought against Hull and he will be hoping to go on a goal scoring run by replicating his performance against Hull at Stoke this Saturday.

Obviously it is difficult to ignore Liverpool who tonight play Newcastle and have the chance to overtake Saints into fifth place, but in a couple of weeks they face a tough trip to Chelsea where they will be considered the clear underdogs.

All the teams vying for fourth face tough matches against high calibre opposition, meaning more points will be dropped between now and the end of the season.

Southampton fans should not lose hope just yet; it isn't over until the final whistle at the Etihad Stadium on May 24.

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