Claude Puel believes the clash with Chelsea will be a good barometer of his side’s progress.
The two in-form teams will go head-to-head at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon, with Saints looking to make it six Premier League games unbeaten, while the Blues are chasing a fourth consecutive win in the competition.
Southampton’s unbeaten home record will also be on the line, although Puel says he is not concerning himself with that.
"We don't look at this,” he said. “For me, it's not important. It's just important to stay with good concentration on our play and all the details of our game.
“This is the most important, and I hope we are going to play a strong game against Chelsea, who are a good team, with good players.
“They have a fantastic level at the moment when we look at the last games, but it is interesting for my team to play against this great team and to see what we can do.
"Chelsea is a strong team on the recovery. They have players with good dribbles – good technical players. It's a team, not just a group of great players. They are a good collective and can play very good football.”