The ambitious Argentine suggests that Saints can be groomed into a side good enough to push into the Premier League's top four and play Champions League football as a result.
"In the next two years I want to be back in the Champions League with Southampton and I believe it's not unreal," he said.
When quizzed further on the comments, the former Espanyol boss was daring to dream: "Why in a couple of years? It might be next year. 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.
"Why not put in the effort, the imagination to make that happen and dream together to reach for the stars, why not?"