Mark Hughes is hoping to round off pre-season with another good workout against Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach at St Mary’s.
Saints showed character to overturn a two-goal deficit and win 3-2 against Celta Vigo on Wednesday.
And with just one game to go until the Premier League curtain raiser against Burnley, Hughes reflected on a hugely positive summer of meticulous work both on and off the pitch to help prepare his side.
“We’re expecting another good test. I was happy enough with the level of opposition in all the games in fairness and they’ve tested us with different things and problems that we needed to solve. It will be another similar game at the weekend I’d imagine,” Hughes said.
“It’s been good. It’s difficult in China because we were playing two games early in our preparation but I think that’s actually helped us and once we got the travel out of our legs after the Derby game, we’ve been in good nick and looked like we’re progressing.
“The game at the weekend is obviously the final game and we’ll look at a number of things that will hopefully help us against Burnley, but we’ve still got another week after that so there’s still work to be done.
“There’s been a lot of change and change for the right reasons. I think you have to be progressive both as a club and as a squad. A lot of hard work has gone into pushing us forward as a club, so hopefully we’ll all benefit from that progress.
“The key thing for us is that we get started with the Premier League now. It’s a good game at the weekend but the important stuff starts next week.”