Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has said that facing Southampton this weekend is likely to be his side’s toughest test yet, despite taking four points from their opening two games.
The Seagulls have managed to register a win over Watford and a draw with West Ham so far in Premier League competition, but Potter is wary that Saints could well have taken points off high-flying Liverpool last weekend, and was particularly impressed with the performance at St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side were 1-0 victors at the AMEX Stadium last season, another factor that the Brighton boss says his team must be mindful of.
“I think it’ll be our toughest game so far at the weekend because of how Southampton are and how they play,” Potter explained. “I’ve been really impressed with what they’ve done and what they bring.
“For us, we’re still at the stage where every single game is a big fight for us to be able to take points.
“Points tally at this stage can be misleading. If you look at Southampton’s performances, Liverpool especially, they were unlucky not to take anything from the game.
“The reality of the Premier League is that top players [like Sadio Mané] can really hurt you, but on another day I think they could have had points.
“They’re really well organised, very clear in what they do and I’ve been really impressed. It’s a nice club with really good people.”