Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl expects a “wild” game against Chelsea at St Mary’s on Sunday.
The Saints, who have not beaten Chelsea since a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in October 2015, suffered their second successive league defeat against 10-man Tottenham last weekend.
Hasenhuttl admits his side will have to come close to their “highest level” to stand a chance against Frank Lampard’s team, who have scored 11 goals in the last three matches.
He said: “Sometimes it can be a little wild because there is a team that is playing very quick in front and we do it the same. It can be sometimes a little unorganised or a little bit wild but this is what I expect.”
“It is a very strong team. It is a team that is young, hungry, with good committed [players], a good spirit so if you want to get something you really have to come very close to the highest level you can perform at.”
Hassenhuttl also insists he has not lost faith in summer signing Che Adams and feels the forward can benefit from being dropped.
Adams, who was bought from Birmingham for a reported £15million, started each of Saints’ opening six Premier League games but failed to score and was left out of Hasenhuttl’s squad at Tottenham last weekend.
The 23-year-old could be involved in Sunday’s top-flight clash with Chelsea at St Mary’s.
“It was clear that I wanted to give him one time a rest,” said Hasenhuttl.
“I think a break can sometimes help, even if you like him are always looking for scoring and it doesn’t work.
“He showed this week that he is in better condition now, clearer in the mind and he can be an option for Sunday.
“It’s important that you stay on working and believe in yourself. I try to help him as much as I can – give him a lot of trust and still trust him. I’m sure that he will help us in the future and games will come that he will score.”
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