Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman believes they deserve to qualify for the Europa league, following their solid campaign.
Southampton are currently fifth on the table, but need to wait on their final position following the postponement of Manchester United’s game against Bournemouth.
But Koeman said fifth place – and a direct spot in the Europa League – would be a fair reward for Southampton after an improved season.
“[Europa League was] a good experience for everybody [last season],” Koeman said. “It was the first time for most of the players how you need to deal in the beginning of the season and also for us the pre-season.
“That’s a different one if you need to play at the end of July. Of course we hope we go straight to the group stage. That will be perfect and I think we deserve that.
“What we do after a special season last year, what I call this season I don’t know. Even more special.
“Great football, great players and a big support of the fans.”