Yoshida believes Southampton can become Champions League contenders

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida believes that the club’s revival is only just getting started, and is of the opinion that Saints can become Champions League contenders within two years, reports The Mirror.

Saints have enjoyed a good run of form under new manager Mauricio Pochettino since his arrival in January, and are on the verge of securing their survival in the Premier League.

They will do so if they can beat West Brom – the club who initially sent Saints to the bottom of the table following the fixture at the Hawthorns in November – at St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Yoshida warned the visitors not to expect as easy a ride as they had in November, saying: “It is like a second season from when we last played them. I would like to show another Southampton on Saturday against West Brom.

“If West Brom think we are the same team as when they beat us at the Hawthorns – they are in big trouble. Honestly.”

Yoshida also highlighted the reasons that he believes Southampton are capable of becoming a top club, also stating: “We have a chance to be there within two years because we have signed all out top players on new contracts like Rickie Lambert Adam Lallana, Jason Puncheon and Morgan Schneiderlin.

“If we bring some new players in we have a big opportunity to get more points and we will have a bright future. We play well against the top sides like Chelsea and Manchester City – those games against the big teams were my best performances of the season.

“We have dropped points against teams around us in the league – that is our problem. I think we can get [to a] higher position in the league. That is what we need next season.”

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