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We'll respect City, says Chambers

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10:47 24th September 2013

Young defender Calum Chambers insists Saints will not underestimate tonight's Capital One Cup opponents Bristol City.

The Robins come to St Mary's in round three of the competition without a league victory to their name this season, although they did knock top-flight Crystal Palace out at the previous stage.

Mauricio Pochettino made wholesale changes to the side for Saints' second-round rout of Championship side Barnsley, and make take a similar approach against tomorrow's third-tier opponents.

18-year-old Chambers is one player who could profit from such a reshuffle, having lost his place to Nathaniel Clyne for the side's two most-recent Premier League matches.

And, if selected, the England Under-19 captain will not be taking this evening's match lightly.

"Bristol will come here wanting to prove a point and looking for an upset, so I think we have to play with respect to them," Chambers told Saints Player

"Hopefully our quality will come through in the end. We have good a really squad now. In training the quality is so high that everyone is improving week-by-week.

"With Nathaniel fit, we'll both be pushing each other on," continued the youngster. "There's great competition for places in the squad now, so we'll be improving each other's games.

"If I play [against Bristol City], it's another opportunity for me to show what I can do and to try to really push on."

Chambers made his Southampton debut in the League Cup a year ago, appearing as a substitute in a second-round win over Stevenage last season.

Fellow Academy graduate James Ward-Prowse also made his first appearance for the Club in the competition in the 2011/12 campaign, while Harrison Reed, Omar Rowe and Jake Sinclair came off the bench to make their debuts at Barnsley last month.

And Petersfield-born Calum says he's enjoying playing in the First Team alongside players who he has progressed through the youth ranks with since joining the Club a decade ago.

"Southampton have this great philosophy of bringing through young players – you saw that in the opening game, when we had three 18-year-olds on the pitch and we got a 1-0 win away at West Brom," he explained. 

"It's quite funny playing with [Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw] because I've been with them since I was about seven years old, when it was our dream then to come through and play for the First Team. 

"It's such a good feeling to know that all of our hard work over the years is finally paying off. We're so proud of ourselves for getting there."

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