Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that he is wary of facing Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow afternoon.
The Austrian compared Spurs to a wounded boxer following their poor run of recent form which was magnified by the embarrassing Carabao Cup exit to Colchester United of League Two.
Despite the ongoings in North London, Hasenhuttl has insisted that the Saints will try and focus on themselves and will not fear the prospect of the match at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hasenhuttl is fully aware of the threat which Spurs will pose to his side and just a single point separates the sides in the Premier League table after the first six matches.
Southampton are certainly a team not to be underestimated considering the fact that they are looking to win three consecutive away top-flight games for the first time since February 2015 (a run of four), while the last time they did so without conceding was in April 1992.
Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports: “As always, like a boxer, when he is knocked a little bit he is even more dangerous, so pay attention.”,
“We don’t look too much on them. I think it’s important for us to concentrate on our qualities. We know it is a big challenge, but we like these challenges.
“Our last away games were very good – better than our home games – so we are not scared about this game, we like to go there.
“It’s on us, and how we believe in our qualities and how we learn to compete against the big teams away from home. In away games it must be perfect, if we don’t do that it’s difficult.
“It’s never an advantage against a big team if they are struggling because you must always be aware of the quality they have. We expect the most difficult opponent we can imagine.”
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