Ralph Hasenhüttl admits he is surprised to see Bournemouth in the Premier League drop zone ahead of Southampton’s trip to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The Cherries jumped to third with victory in the reverse fixture at St Mary’s way back in September, but now find themselves three points adrift in the bottom three with only two games to play.
Saints have already won a club record eight Premier League games on the road this season ahead of their final away fixture.
“The quality of the team is normally a good one – I have a big opinion about the manager there, the club is normally settled and well organised,” Hasenhüttl said of Sunday’s hosts.
“You never know what happens and why they have struggled so much this season. It’s really strange, but this is the Premier League and everything can happen.
“We were also in a situation this season when it was not nice and we were really struggling.”
Saints need at least a draw to eclipse another club record – 28 points away from home in a top-flight season, last achieved in 1983/84.
“It’s always nice to hear it, but it doesn’t help us to win games,” added the boss, discussing his team’s impressive statistics.
“For us, it’s more interesting to concentrate on the behaviours we have on the pitch so we can do better than we did in the last game, by scoring more goals and conceding less – this is the only goal we have.
“We have to concentrate on our strengths and also what they do, but all the games we’ve played before this season don’t really help you win the next one.”