Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side can target a top-four Premier League finish in the near future.
Pochettino was responding to comments made by goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who earlier this month claimed Southampton could reach the UEFA Champions League within two years.
The former Espanyol boss has similar ambitions, but feels that target could even be achieved next year.
“Why in a couple of years? It might be next year,” he said.
“I think in football if you have to be something, you have to be optimistic — why not dream of big achievements, big goals?
“We are an ambitious club and we have a clear way of how we want to proceed and the type of football we want to be playing, where there are means of getting that done.”
Pochettino’s sentiments were echoed by defender Maya Yoshida, who insisted the club must keep hold of their better players in order to reach the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Yoshida added: “We should keep going, if we get three points [against West Brom] we are almost safe, but I think we should focus on higher targets and push on for next season.
“We have a chance, because many players have new contracts will Rickie Lambert, Adam [Lallana], Boruc and Jason Puncheon, and if we get more new players, we have a big opportunity to get more points and have good ambitions.”