Southampton defender Cédric insists European football is still very much achievable, despite Sunday’s defeat at Leicester City.
Saints were beaten 1-0 by the Barclays Premier League leaders at King Power Stadium, as their three-match unbeaten run came to an end.
However, Ronald Koeman’s side remain seventh in the table ahead of their last half-a-dozen games, with Cédric explaining that the players are still very much targeting a return to Europe.
“We always look up,” he said. “That’s the mentality. Of course we are fighting for a place in Europe. It’s a goal our players need to have in their heads. I think it is possible.
“Of course, we fight every game to achieve the best result. We see how it goes game by game and see in the end how it counts.”
Cédric added that he felt Saints were unfortunate not to have earned something from their visit to Leicester, but that they must not let the outcome knock them back, as focus switches to this Saturday's game against Newcastle United.
“They are in first place, but I think we played fantastic football, much better in the second half and we created our chances,” he said. “So, I feel sad about the result, as I think our team showed it is a fantastic group also.
“If you’ve given your best, you can have a clear mind and not be too upset about it.
“Of course, it is a tough result for us because it is unfair but we keep our level every game because the Premier league is like that. Our mentality always needs to be the highest position on the table possible.”