Jose Mourinho says his Chelsea side will be depleted when they come up against Southampton on New Year's Day.
The Blues are high on confidence after a much-celebrated 2-1 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, but they will have the hangover from that game when they travel to St Mary's.
Mourinho said of the Saints: “Another good team. Another team that is influenced by the manager's culture, the way they play, the way they build.
“Good team, good players. At Southampton, especially I think they feel very comfortable. So a very difficult match.
“Two days to rest for us, for them, so in that situation we are equals.
“We lost (v Liverpool) David (Luiz) for yellow cards, we lost Iva (Branislav Ivanovic) and (Frank) Lampard with injuries.
“We recover Ramires, but we are still in a difficult situation.”
Asked how he expected Southampton to line-up, the Blues boss added: “I don't know how they are, but I gave a quick look at their team selection and I think only (Artur) Boruc and (Victor) Wanyama were not in their team, everybody else was, so I think they must be in the maximum of their strength.”
Weighing-up the end to 2013, under his stewardship, Mourinho said: “We are in the top four, two points behind the leader.
“Let's enjoy December 31 in the hotel!”