Southampton make the trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and will be looking to maintain their good run of form.
Two recent wins over Burnley and West Brom have seen Saints bounce back from a disappointing start to 2020/21 and they will be full of confidence ahead of their next league outing.
Looking back on their performance away at Chelsea last season will also provide a lot of hope.
Saints defended resolutely and hit the hosts with two brilliantly worked and finished goals to confirm a famous 2-0 win.
One moment in particular – shown in the video below – will live long in the memory.
Nathan Redmond’s goal confirmed a comfortable win for Saints and saw the winger produce a tidy chipped finish over the onrushing goalkeeper when it most mattered. However, that does not tell the whole story of how it was created.
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The visitors held possession strongly and moved the ball around in confident fashion, completing a 15-pass sequence and leaving Chelsea chasing shadows before Redmond’s finishing touch.
It was, in fact, a moment that showed just how much Saints had changed as a team since the start of 2019/20.
They had only won two league games in the opening three months of the campaign and looked in real trouble. The 9-0 loss to Leicester only added to the feeling of doom and gloom around St Mary’s going into November and December.
However, the win at Chelsea – one of eight wins from 12 games up to mid-January – was arguably the biggest match in the turnaround for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
It proved that they were a team that meant business and served as a real mental boost for Hasenhuttl who was trying to help his players learn the intricacies of his style of play.
Further league wins over Spurs and Leicester followed soon after the Chelsea victory and ultimately averted any real danger of relegation for the rest of the season.