Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino admits that he expects a tough test when he takes on Southampton on Sunday.
Spurs face the Saints knowing that they need a win to stop their poor run of form, which saw them go winless in the league throughout September, but Pochettino is under no illusions as to how challenging it will be for his side to grab the three points.
“It’s a tough game for us on Sunday. They’ve had a very good start of the season, they are at the top of the table, they are playing well and we expect a very tough game.”
Pochettino left Southampton this summer so this game has added meaning for him from a personal point of view.
He did a brilliant job whilst on the South Coast and many feared for the side when he left, alongside a number of the club's notable players this summer.
However, Saints have actually improved so far under the stewardship of new boss Ronald Koeman.
The Saints went into the weekend in second place in the Premier League, after a brilliant start to the campaign, and they will be keen to continue their fine form against an out-of-sorts Tottenham.
The Lilywhites did manage to pick up a credible draw against the North London rivals Arsenal in their last fixture, though, and Pochettino says that the side now need to build from that performance.
“This is the key,” he said. “We want to show the same performance at White Hart Lane on Sunday. That’s important for us.”