Southampton Under-23s' coach Radhi Jaïdi has urged his youngsters to maintain the levels of motivation and desire they have been showing recently, as they look to take a significant step towards qualification for the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup on Monday.
Saints travel to Leeds United knowing that a victory would ensure they progress out of Group H, with two games still to spare.
The top two advance to the last 16, and with Jaïdi's side are currently top of the standings, above Newcastle on goal difference, three points would mean they could not finish any lower than that.
radhi jaïdiwe're facing a good team in leeds. they caused us some problems when we played them at home here.
southampton under-23s coach
Jaïdi, whose team have won their last four matches, said: "The confidence is really high, the motivation and the amount of desire the boys showed and put into the last couple of games is ridiculously high, so hopefully we maintain that as much as possible and that will give us the opportunity to go as high as possible in the league and obviously in the Premier League Cup, which we are already managing well.
"We are top of the table on points with Newcastle, so the next game is really important for us, because that will probably make the difference between us and the rest of the teams."
Leeds, who have three points from their opening trio of matches, compared to Saints' seven, ran Jaïdi's side close when the teams met at Staplewood back in October, with goals from Michael Obafemi and Callum Slattery earning the hosts a 2-1 win.
"We're facing a good team in Leeds," said Jaïdi. "They caused us some problems when we played them at home here. We still won the game, but they're a good team who play good football, so we focus on Leeds from now until Monday and make sure we perform really well and hopefully get three points.
"Their side has changed, and our side has changed – we have some of the boys who have been with the first-team, but I don't think they've changed the way they are playing and the way they try to impose themselves in the games."