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Why not Saints' title? asks Boruc
7:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
Artur Boruc knows his target could be considered fanciful, but he sees no reason why Saints cannot push for a Champions League place this season.
Four years ago the club were teetering on the financial precipice, wondering whether or not they would even be able to start their League One campaign.
Now, they are readying themselves for a trip to Liverpool in the Premier League after splurging £35million on just three players over the summer.
That outlay highlights the ambition on the south coast, with European football often mentioned as a realistic target.
Back in April, Boruc spoke of his belief that Champions League qualification was an achievable aim for Saints this season – and he hasn’t changed his mind at all.
“It might sound weird, but if you really, really think about this, I would not say we are worse than any other team in England, so why not?” he said.
“If we’re going to work hard, if we are going to believe in our work, we may be there.
“I am always dreaming about the Champions League. Obviously it is going to be tough but I think there is a chance towards the top of the league.
“I mean, why not win the title in the future? It sounds like something unbelievable and now it may be, but if you believe, it may happen. We do believe so hard we can achieve it.”
It is quite a statement from Boruc and one few will take seriously given Saints’ start to the season. An opening-day win at West Brom has been followed by home draws with Sunderland and West Ham, as well as a defeat at Norwich.
“We’ve had a couple of games that we could have got more points from, but overall we are quite pleased with our performances.
“We are hoping in the next couple of games things can get better.
“We've got quite a tough game against Liverpool, but you know, if you want to go top 10, you need to collect points from that kind of game as well. Hopefully we can.”
Boruc is hopeful of becoming the first man to keep Daniel Sturridge at bay this season and has been pleased with his side's defensive displays to date.
A shyness in front of goal, though, is of genuine concern to Saints. Dani Osvaldo has yet to find the net since his club-record move from Roma, while Rickie Lambert has been unable to replicate the form he has shown for England.
“We’ve only played four games so far and we need time,” said Boruc.
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