Claude Puel says his team have an excellent opportunity to test themselves tonight, as they visit Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Saints travel to Stamford Bridge looking to make it four wins out of their last five on the road.
Puel knows his side face a significant challenge from this evening's opponents, but he believes it is a game his players can relish.
they are good at recovering the ball and are strong on the counter-attack.claude puel
"We know this team," he said. "It is a great team with a fantastic manager and players, but it's important to stay with a good focus about our game and to enjoy our game.
"It's difficult to find space against them, because they defend very well with a strong defensive unit and without giving up space, so it's difficult to find solutions and to find opportunities
"They are also good at recovering the ball and are strong on the counter attack with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, but it's a good opportunity for my team and we have got to play a strong game. It's important for us."