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Clasie - I'm close to being at my best

Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie admits that he is close to being in his best form after a string of impressive performances.

Michael Steele

Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie believes that he is starting to show his best form for the club after a run of impressive performances.

Clasie has been a regular fixture in Ronald Koeman's Southampton side that has gone six games unbeaten in the league and sit just a point behind fifth place Manchester United.

The Dutchman joined the club in the summer from Koeman's former club Feyenoord but his early months at the club were hampered by injury.

However, after a string of impressive performances, the midfielder believes he is starting to show his best form.

The 24-year-old told Southampton's official YouTube channel: "I play now the last games also 90 minutes, I feel fitter and the confidence is there in the team and that’s the most important thing.

"I think the last few weeks is going much better than the first games that I played here for Southampton. I began with a bad injury and then I came in and it was difficult because we lose some games and some draws but the last few weeks we’ve been doing much better.

"We have confidence and hopefully I can do it much better in the last 12 games than the last games."

Clasie believes that Southampton are perfectly placed with 12 games to go and the club can improve on last year's seventh placed finish.

"Hopefully we can do it better than last year. Last year, they ended seventh in the table. But hopefully we can climb a bit. Now we stay in the sixth but we are looking forward to the fifth position – that’s normal.

"We are one point behind Manchester [United] but I think the most important thing is to look to ourselves and win our own games and take your points and then we see at the end of the season where we are."

Due to being knocked out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace in early January, the last game that Southampton lost, the Saints now have the weekend off and an uninterrupted two week period to prepare for Chelsea. Clasie says that the side can do the double over last season's champions after a deserved 3-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.

"Chelsea at home is a beautiful game to start after a break. It’s a top team. They got many good players. The last few weeks they’re doing much better.

"When you beat them twice that’s lovely for us. They’re a big team. We trust each other and we go for it every day and every training session. We look forward to every game home and away and hopefully we can win that game."