Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Premier League has to be the priority, says Saints boss Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has told Southampton to forget their FA Cup hopes when hosting Chelsea on Saturday.

Hughes insists this weekend’s Premier League clash will not act as any kind of warm-up for Saints’ FA Cup semi-final against the Blues at Wembley on Sunday, April 22.

The new Southampton boss has instead urged his side to start mastering their own destiny to wriggle free from the threat of relegation.

Southampton sit three points from safety in the relegation zone with just six matches left to play, leaving Hughes crystal clear that the club’s priority remains securing their top-flight future.

“The very next game is the most important because that’s clearly the situation we’re in,” said Hughes.

“We’re not looking too far ahead because we can’t. Our sole focus is about going up against a good Chelsea team who will test us.

“We have to prepare as if Chelsea are going to be at their best, with their best players available.

“If they have a poor period, more often than not top teams bounce back so we’re not working towards the weekend thinking that Chelsea are going to be under par.”

Chelsea’s only hope of rescuing a frustrating season lie with the FA Cup, with beleaguered manager Antonio Conte appearing to be heading for a summer exit from Stamford Bridge.

Former Blues forward Hughes has called on Saints not to be fooled by the situation surrounding his old club however, insisting Conte’s men will be at full-tilt on the south coast this weekend.

Whatever Chelsea’s problems, Hughes believes the west Londoners’ minimum standards render them a constant threat.

“Their priorities prior to the season involved Premier League and Champions League titles, clearly those have fallen by the wayside,” said Hughes.

“Their focus on the Premier League now? I don’t know.

“Recent results suggest maybe the focus has diminished but top teams have certain focus on them that demand they play to a certain level.”