Southampton defender Lovren still dreaming of Champions League

Dejan Lovren still believes Southampton can finish in the top four this season and qualify for Champions League football with ‘top quality manager’ Mauricio Pochettino, writes Sky Sports.

Lovren joined the Saints in the summer and has been a vital part of the team since his arrival, with Southampton making their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.

Three defeats on the bounce have seen Saints drop out of the top six, but are still within the mix at the top of the table ahead of the visit of Manchester City on Saturday.

But Lovren believes the dream is still alive of qualifying for Champions League football for next season, “It will be difficult of course, but you know when you have a dream and you want it to come true, you can do it,” Lovren told the Daily Mail. “We need to believe, everybody.

“When I joined the club, I was listening to the chairman and the manager explaining to me about the project. I was a little bit surprised and I didn’t believe 100 per cent.

“But afterwards, when I saw pre-season and when they bought Victor Wanyama and Dani Osvaldo I was thinking; ‘OK, now I see it’s something serious and we can do it’.

“With Pochettino we have a top quality manager. We are all happy with this style of football, how we play now and I think a lot of teams respect us.”

The Croation defender has started every Premier League match for Southampton at centre-back and has quickly become a fan favourite after impressive performances since arriving at St Mary’s from Lyon.

The 24-year-old’s only goal of the season came at Anfield, where Saints picked up all three points due to Lovren’s headed goal, making Southampton the only team to beat Liverpool at home at the time this season.

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