Claude Puel is expecting a difficult afternoon when Southampton visit Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.
The hosts head into it looking to end a torrid run of six straight defeats, and Puel has urged his squad to keep their concentration as they seek a third successive win at Selhurst Park.
Asked about Palace’s form, Puel said: “Just what I can say it’s very difficult for all the managers, like for me also.
“Every time it is strong games with possibilities to play against strong, different, players and quality players.
“It’s always difficult and sometimes all the good ways it is a difficult way. It’s the same for all the managers and all the clubs.
“It’s important for me, for my players, to stay with a good concentration about this game because it’s a good team with good players and they play at home.”