To say the past few weeks have been season-changing for Southampton would be one of the understatements of the year, and Saints fans are beginning to dream big.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side finds themselves ninth in the Premier League table after clawing their way out of the relegation zone following a tough first half of the season, with Southampton now just three points off fifth place, causing some supporters to believe that a surprise return to Europe could be on the table.
As tables from Transfermarkt show, Southampton have been one of the in-form teams in the Premier League in recent weeks, with only Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford boasting better records over the past five games, and the Saints should be aiming to maintain this impressive streak today when Tottenham return to St. Mary’s.
Can Southampton start to dream of a European finish?
Yes, we can do it again
No, our luck will run out
The Saints have already got the better of Jose Mourinho this year when a solo Danny Ings goal clinched a 1-0 win for Southampton in one of their best results of the season, and with Tottenham looking average over the past few games as the aforementioned form table shows, yet progressing in the FA Cup shouldn’t be Hasenhuttl’s main goal for this weekend.
Indeed, Southampton embarking on a cup run would be something the majority of supporters will love to be a part of, with the Saints reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in the 2017/18 season, but it is becoming apparent this season that the main goal for the south coast side is to solidify their status as a Premier League club and try to finish as high as possible in the table.
Keeping their momentum against Tottenham this afternoon will be crucial for the Saints, and if Southampton can best Spurs for a second time this month, the club’s form could continue to flourish in the second half of the season, which is currently unfolding into something quite special.