Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin still believes Saints can finish in the top-four

Despite Southampton suffering a dip in form that has since seen the drop out of the Champions League places, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin still says the Saints can finish in the top-four of the table come May, reports BBC Sport.

Ronald Koeman’s side are currently 6th in the table after 27 games, and have suffered a slum in form that now sees their chances of finishing in the Champions League places as slim. Southampton are only four points off the top-four, and have 33 points still available.

Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was close to signing for Tottenham earlier at the season, but was persuaded to stay by Southampton, and the decision paid off as the Saints were in the top-four for many months of the season.

Despite their badly-timed dip in form and performances, the French midfielder remains confident that Southampton can turn things around. There’s plenty of games to go, but they need results thick and fast otherwise they risk losing ground on the sides around them.

There’s a lot of expectation, after we beat Manchester United , that we could finish in the top four but we are not giving up on this.

“We have been in the top five since August – so why not? Now is the time to see the character of the team and everyone to take responsibility and show what we can do. Other teams have more experience and are used to this type of pressure. People are not expecting Southampton to be in the top four,” said Schneiderlin.

Southampton face Crystal Palace next at home, and need a win to ensure they stay somewhat on-par with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.

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