Mark Hughes admits Southampton’s defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach highlighted areas that his team need to sharpen up on quickly ahead of the new Premier League season.
Saints were beaten 3-0 by the German side, as Patrick Hermann scored either side of a long-range strike from Denis Zakaria at St Mary’s.
But the boss says the 90 minutes will make things crystal clear to his players on what needs to improve before the big kick-off against Burnley next weekend.
“It’s not what we wanted, if I’m honest, and that’s clear for everyone to see,” Hughes said.
“Maybe it was the conditions or maybe the fact that we’ve played three games in a week just took the edge off our play.
“We weren’t bright enough to really impose what we wanted to do on the opposition, but they were able to do that to us.
“We’ve got to be better in that regard. In terms of individual work, that can improve, because in one v one situations we’re not coming out with the ball on enough occasions.
“Collectively, we need a better understanding of what we’ve talked about in the week and then we’ve got to execute it in the games.
“I think as an exercise it was perfect for us. It’s a good one to get out of the way and a lot of the issues that were raised are things we’ve seen before and talked about.
“For long periods we made poor decisions, weren’t dynamic enough and, as a consequence, they were able to score quite easily.”