Antonio Conte says a trip to face Southampton at St Mary’s will be a huge test of his side’s ambitions this season.
Chelsea have won their last three Premier League games, last winning four in a row in April 2015 on their way to winning the title.
Having examined Saints at close quarters though, the former Italy boss feels the Blues are in for a tough afternoon.
Conte said: “Southampton is a very good team, who are very strong. I watched many games and I like Claude Puel because his team plays offensive football.
“They play their football and it’s important because in their last game against Manchester City they created many chances to score a goal.
“Also, I saw they are more compact in defensive situations so it’s a very good team so it’ll be tough for us.
“It will be a good test for us to continue after three good games and it’s important for our ambitions.”
Just one point separates the top five in the Premier League, but Conte says the Blues are simply taking each game as it comes in a continued search for consistency.
‘This league is very difficult because in every game anything can happen,” he added.
“For this reason it’s important to get consistency in results and performances.
‘There are five teams who are very close but we shouldn’t look at the table, we must be focused on our work on the pitch.
“It’s too early to talk about the table or the title. We must improve game by game and trust in the work, that’s the most important thing.”