The Southampton players who lost 9-0 at home to Leicester City on Friday are “incredible professionals”, says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Saints travel to Etihad Stadium in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and again in the Premier League on Saturday, their first games since the record-equalling loss.
“I am not going to judge them on that or prepare to play against them based on what happened against Leicester,” added Guardiola.
“They will try to do their best.”
Southampton’s players and coaching staff have already donated a day’s wages to charity following the heaviest defeat in their 134-year history.