Maya Yoshida feels Southampton have the ability to show more bravery against the top sides in the Premier League.
Saints were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City on Saturday, with league leaders Chelsea next up at Stamford Bridge.
And Yoshida insists that they have to learn from the mistakes made against Pep Guardiola’s men moving forward.
He said: “I think we could play better. Even in the first half, as a team, we were better. Individually they were much better.
“That’s why we have to fight for the 90 minutes. It has to be a massive effort and we had to fight as a team. If we switch off one moment, we were killed from that.
“We have to play against similar opponents like United, Chelsea and Liverpool. The lesson costs a lot but we have to learn from this game and we have to get as many points as possible.
“It’s not just luck. We have to fight as a team. We are a good team and have done really well as a team the last few years.
Yoshida added: “We have to play with more bravery because we can play much better than that. We have to believe ourselves and tactically also. We have to play well defensively and offensively.”