Fraser Forster says his Southampton teammates must go-for-broke to try and squeeze into a European place for next season.
Saints will be hoping to keep the pressure on the current top-six teams in the Barclays Premier League with a win on Sunday against Manchester City, and Forster believes anything is possible at this stage of the campaign.
This weekend’s opponents have a battle of their own to secure at least third place in the table, but Forster says Saints must focus on getting a maximum return of points between now and the end of the campaign.
“We have to be positive and really try and push on,” he told reporters.
“If we can pick up as many points as possible, we will try and close that gap and try and force our way into them. Obviously, we have a bit of work to do and we are reliant on other people as well, but that has to be the aim for us, as it was last year.
“It would be good to get more points than last year, but, equally, it would be nice to get in those European places. We did well doing that last year and, obviously, the way the season has gone, you need more points. I think at times we have shown what we can do and, with a little bit more consistency, it would have been nice to finish higher than we might do.”
Visitors Manchester City could be an unpredictable opponent given what’s at stake in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid in midweek, but Forster is taking nothing for granted.
“They have such strength and quality in their squad that whoever plays is a world-class player,” he said.
“The game falls between two massive games for them but, after a good result in the first game, it probably doesn’t come at an ideal time for them, but they have such quality. We’ll have to be fully at it.
“Obviously, we had that slump, but then kicked on a bit. It’s about being consistent more than anything. If you want to finish in the European places, you need to grind out results and get wins when it might be a draw.
“It’s just important we try and get a good finish and then, at the end of the season, we can say we had a good finish but it wasn’t quite enough. We have to be positive and just finish the season strong.”