Oriol Romeu feels Southampton’s final pre-season friendly against Sevilla will provide the perfect test ahead of the Premier League opener.
The La Liga outfit finished fourth in the 2016/17 season and having already beaten Arsenal, are likely to provide stern competition for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.
Romeu, who made his senior debut for Barcelona against Sevilla, said: “It’s the last test and probably the most important and the hardest one. It is very close to the first fixture in this season.
“It’s going to be nice. We’re going to have to compete a lot and do a lot of good things, mainly to get that good feeling to start the season well and finish pre-season in a good way.
“It will be important to give some extra confidence to start well in the league. We didn’t have a good result in our previous game and we want to change that.
“It will be an even harder game, a tough opponent but we’re looking forward and it’s going to be a great challenge. We need to do our best.
“It’s good to play against the best teams and see which point you’re at in this moment. They just beat Arsenal a week ago so they arrive in a good way and well prepared.”