Southampton have won just once in 14 Premier League home games since November ahead of Chelsea’s visit to the St Mary’s on Sunday.
Southampton boss Mark Hughes admits Southampton’s home form has been an issue even before his arrival at the club but he believes his team is now playing with more confidence ahead of the visit of Chelsea to the St Mary’s on Sunday.
Asked about Southampton’s poor home form ahead of Chelsea’s visit, Hughes replied: “I haven’t been in charge of too many home games if I’m honest. Only six of the 19 since I got this job have been at home.
“After the weekend, two would have been against Chelsea and one against Manchester City so opportunities to get maximum points haven’t been that great.
“But in the other games we should have picked up more points.
“There was a lot of talk before I came here of a different atmosphere at home games; apprehension and fear of being a little bit rigid and wary of being over expansive.
“I think that’s gone. We take the game to the opposition, whoever comes to our ground, and see where that takes us.
“I feel now there’s a more positive situation surrounding our games, When we’ve been in winning positions before we’ve been guilty of trying to protect what we’ve achieved which is not what I advocate.
“We should continue doing what got us into that winning position in the first place. We’re getting better at that.
“Our home form is going to be a big factor in determining what sort of season we have but we’re more than capable of addressing that.”
Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League, winning five and drawing two and the Blues are expected to win a Southampton team that haven’t beaten a top six side since May 2016. Southampton have also lost their last six games against Chelsea in all competitions.