Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie has told the club’s official website that his sights are firmly set on qualifying for Europe this campaign, as the Saints look to mount a strong finish to the season with the top six looking to be the target.

Hopefully we can do it better than last year. Last year they ended seventh on the table, but hopefully we can climb a bit.

Saints have been in incredible form as of late, failing to lose in six games and keeping six shutouts in as many games against high-flying sides such as Arsenal and Manchester United, both away from home. This has also resulted in Ronald Koeman’s men topping the form table of the Premier League; it’s safe to say that the Saints are looking in good shape with just a third of the campaign remaining.

Now we are sixth, but we’re looking forward to the fifth position. We’re one point behind Manchester United (in fifth).

You have to work every week hard to take your points. It’s the Premier League, every game is difficult and we know that.

Clasie has spoken of his desire to improve on last season’s record-breaking finish, as Southampton came away from the 2014-15 campaign with a record total of points as well as a club-high finish of seventh.

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But I think the most important thing is to look to yourself and win your home games and take your points and then we will see at the end of the season where we are.I think the last few weeks we’ve got a lot of confidence. That’s normal when you win games. You play good, take your points and you get a lot of confidence.

However, as Saints find themselves sitting pretty in sixth place, the sky looks to be the limit on the south coast as European football appears to beckon once again for Southampton.

It’s important for us we trust each other and we are doing very well the last few weeks and hopefully, we can go forward to this kind of things in the games.

The confidence and the trust in each other is so important for a team, and then you start in the game with defensive organisation, and I think in the last few weeks that was perfect.

Has Clasie impressed you since his arrival in the summer?