Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttle believes Tottenham Hotspur will be like a wounded boxer this weekend, as the teams face off in the seventh round of Premier League fixtures.
The Saints boss has enjoyed an excellent midweek having masterminded a 4-0 thrashing of bitter rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup.
By contrast, Mauricio Pochettino has endured a nightmare week, losing to Leicester City 2-1 in the league and then crashing out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of League Two Colchester United.
The pressure is mounting on the Argentine and his team, but Hasenhuttl is wary of the threat the north Londoners carry.
He said (Sky Sports): “As always, like a boxer, when he is knocked a little bit he is even more dangerous, so pay attention.
“It’s never an advantage against a big team if they are struggling because you must always be aware of the quality they have. We expect the most difficult opponent we can imagine.”
Hasenhuttl’s analogy is actually a good take of the situation.
Spurs, after their humiliation on Tuesday, will be hurting right now and come Saturday they could potentially be raring to go.
After the Colchester farce, a convincing performance against Southampton would be ideal for Spurs but at this point, winning games is what matters the most.