Claude Puel is expecting a difficult test against a Manchester City side looking to bounce back on Sunday.
City are without a win in four games after their 4-0 defeat to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.
But Puel is wary of a reaction from Pep Guardiola’s men after seeing a side littered with quality.
He said: “It was the same before the game against Inter, as they had problems before our game.
“I think Manchester City played a good game against Barcelona and for me, there was no big difference between the two team but Lionel Messi made the difference.
“I saw a very good team with quality, a good collective and good players.”
Saints are looking to make it five unbeaten in the Premier League after victory against Burnley last time out at St Mary’s.
And Puel is hoping to continue that good work, after seeing his side fall to defeat in the UEFA Europa League despite their dominance.
Puel added: “I expect a good game from my players with quality to continue this work, but with a different result.
“We can see from the last result against Internazionale when you can play a good game without a good result and I hope for Manchester City, against a very good team, for a strong game.”