MARK HUGHES says there isn’t any cause why Southampton can not emulate Burnley’s shock European qualification.
The Clarets completed seventh final season to qualify for the Europa League — whereas Saints simply averted relegation.
However Sparky is bound his facet can end prime of the pile of Prem golf equipment beneath the seemingly impenetrable prime six.
The Southampton boss stated: “There isn’t any cause we are able to’t.
“Expectation is we’re a top-level membership and a top-half membership. It’s why everybody was so disenchanted final 12 months.”
Burnley go to St Mary’s at the moment and Saints will hope they’ll capitalise on fatigue from the Clarets’ Zero-Zero draw with Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday.
Hughes stated: “It’s a important competitors for them however possibly behind closed doorways they know the Premier League is vitally necessary.”
TOM HEATON has vowed to struggle it out with shut buddy Joe Hart for the goalkeeper’s shirt at Burnley.
Hart joined the Clarets from Manchester Metropolis final week following the shoulder damage to England keeper Nick Pope.
However Heaton, 32, fit-again after lacking Burnley’s Europa League tie in Turkey with a calf damage, is prepared for the battle forward of at the moment’s journey to Southampton.
Heaton stated: “I’ve recognized Joe for a very long time. We get on very well. We used to play within the reserves for Man United and Man Metropolis rising up so we’ve been fairly shut since then.
“His signing got here out of the blue however the identical factor applies with Popey. We’ve got an incredible relationship however we’re competing for the shirt.
“I feel it may deliver the perfect out of me. I’m trying ahead to it.”