Mauricio Pellegrino says Stoke City will provide tough opposition for his Southampton side this weekend at the bet365 Stadium.
Stoke suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea last time out, but with impressive results against Arsenal and Manchester United already in the Premier League, Pellegrino is wary of their threat.
“We have been working to play a tough team, to try and penetrate them and to control the game,” said Pellegrino.
“It will be really difficult. They have already played against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea and they all found it tough.
“Thinking about us, we have to continue in the same way like in the second-half especially (against Manchester United) and keeping learning.
“It’s another opportunity to show how we are. We want to be there to try to win the game.”
Pellegrino added: “Stoke is a team that are getting better every single year because they are a strong, physical team with players who have quality.
“They have clear ideas and for us, we need to 100% focused to try and push the game our way.”