Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he is expecting a difficult test when Southampton visit Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The hosts sit third in the Premier League, while Mauricio Pellegrino’s men will look to respond to their defeat to Leicester City in midweek.
And the former Italy boss has warned his side that they will have be meticulous in their planning to come out on top.
“For sure, tomorrow the game will be very difficult for us because Southampton are a really good team, they have young players with a great future,” Conte began.
“I would prefer Southampton to have won their game against Leicester than lose in that way at home. I heard the post-match interview from Pellegrino and we must pay great attention.
“They are very fast and play well on the counter attack with (Charlie) Austin, (Nathan) Redmond and (Dusan) Tadic. They have a lot of good players, (Shane) Long and (Sofiane) Boufal as well.
“My expectation is for us to suffer, I have this sensation, so we must pay great attention. When you play after a bad defeat, especially at home, there is great attention of the coach and the club because they don’t want to continue a bad run. They want to give a good answer against a strong team like Chelsea.”