Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has steered the strain is on Chelsea forward of this afternoon’s conflict at Stamford Bridge.
Whereas Saints are nonetheless on the lookout for their first league win of the season, Thomas Tuchel’s aspect head into the match following successive defeats to Manchester Metropolis and Juventus – and never since 2002 have Chelsea misplaced three successive video games.
Southampton are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge of their three visits underneath Hasenhuttl, with a win on Boxing Day in 2019 sandwiched between two attracts.
The Austrian didn’t go so far as to assert it was an excellent time to play the Blues, however did say: “I feel for them it’s a crucial sport as a result of they misplaced twice and I feel it’s uncommon to have this case.
“For us it’s once more a sport in opposition to one of many top-six high groups within the league, the Champions League winners, who’re a bit of bit underneath strain after two instances not profitable. They may do every thing to win this sport as a result of they need to.
“We go there like yearly with lots of respect, but in addition believing in what we’re doing and that is how we wish to create one other optimistic end result at this floor.
“There usually are not many grounds on the market the place we’ve by no means misplaced a sport, however that is one in every of them. We have now at all times felt good there and had superb video games more often than not, to be trustworthy.
“You do not have to discuss the standard of the opponent, we all know this. We want the same efficiency just like the one in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and we’ve proven we will be aggressive in opposition to huge groups.”
Southampton have been unable to construct on their goalless draw at Metropolis final weekend as they misplaced at house to Wolves.
Hasenhuttl mentioned: “It was an enormous setback as a result of the probabilities have been there to win the sport. It was a catastrophe for us. However the league may be very lengthy, we have had a tricky schedule to start with.
“We all know we have to take the primary win; there’s at all times an opportunity to do it. If you wish to achieve success (at Chelsea), you want every thing to go proper.”
Stuart Armstrong is closing in on a return to health and could possibly be in rivalry for Saturday’s sport.
The 29-year-old midfielder has but to play this season attributable to a difficult calf harm. He was on the bench for Saints’ opening day defeat at Everton earlier than the issue flared up once more.
Hasenhuttl additionally mentioned one or two gamers have been nursing minor knocks and niggles however nothing severe sufficient to place their involvement within the sport at Chelsea in jeopardy.
Armando Broja, who’s on mortgage from Chelsea, is ineligible, whereas Jack Stephens (knee) is a long-term absentee.