By SFC Media Tue 24 Jan Liverpool vs Saints

Maya previews EFL Cup semi-final

In the four-and-a-half years since Maya Yoshida arrived at Southampton, there has been significant progress at the club.

Saints have enjoyed three top-half finishes in the Premier League and have qualified twice for Europe, but one thing is still lacking – a trophy.

"Since I came to Southampton, and even before that, the club has improved a lot every year,” said Yoshida, ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final decider with Liverpool.

“I think it's a great time to get another reward for the club. It would be a really great achievement for the club and ourselves to win a cup, and we can be part of the history of the club.”

Saints hold the advantage as they head to Anfield on Wednesday, after a 1-0 win in the first leg, but Yoshida knows the lead is a fragile one.

"It will be difficult, but I think everyone has the same mind as me,” said the defender. “We want to go to Wembley.

“It's one of the best places you can play football. I've been there once, for the London Olympics, so I want to go back to that great stadium and I want to celebrate with these lads.

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"I spoke to some of the lads about titles a few times, and if we could get a title it would be a really great thing for our careers and for the club as well.

“For players, it is always good to win and to get some titles, because I have only one Asian Cup title, which is not a European title. I want a success in Europe, so I want to get it.

"Winning titles is proof of the improvement in Southampton's history. For the supporters it is also exciting, and they expect a lot from us.

“If we can win the title, it would be great fir the supporters as well. But it is still a long way to go to Wembley, because we need to win against one of the biggest teams in the Premier League, so we need to stay calm and do what we need to do to go through to the final.”


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