'A very good team' - Hull City manager Steve Bruce's high praise for Southampton

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has praised the quality of Southampton's squad ahead of their fixture in the Premier League at the weekend.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says that Southampton were the best club in the Premier League last season, outside of the 'big-boys'.

The Saints finished last season in eighth position and impressed all viewers with their expansive, attacking style of football.

It was expected that they may have struggled to maintain this sort of performance levels this campaign, but they have actually been improved and Bruce says that he is expecting a very tough test on Saturday. 

“Apart from the big boys, Southampton were easily the best side in the division last season,” Bruce said to the Basingstoke Gazette

“They turned us over pretty comprehensively twice.

“It’s a big test for us. We’ve had two very good results away (at Arsenal and Liverpool), but this is equally as tough. They’re a very good team."

Southampton beat Hull 4-1 and 1-0 last season and Bruce will determined to avoid a repeat scoreline this time around. 

Doing so, will be easier said than done though as the Saints have proven to be one of the best sides in the division over the campaign so far. 

They have shown their ruthlessness by beating Sunderland 8-0, but their ability to grind out results has also been on display and if Hull are anything short of their best then they are likely to be punished. 

Bruce's men are on good form, though, having came through their last three games unbeaten and they have plenty of quality in their squad.

The Tigers had a eye-catching summer transfer window, where they brought in a number of high profile names, and they will be hoping that this added quality sees them through against Ronald Koeman's men. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch