Puel: We'll do everything to be fresh

By Gordon Simpson Sat 01 Oct Leicester vs Saints

Claude Puel is confident his Southampton team will not be affected by fatigue when they visit Leicester City on Sunday.

It's a difficult run-up to facing the Premier League champions for Saints, as they make the long journey home from Israel after drawing 0-0 with Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Puel left behind some first-team regulars in anticipation of this weekend's trip to King Power Stadium, and he is hopeful that will help mitigate against any tiredness the other players might be feeling.

"We will see our possibilities," the Saints boss said. "We do everything possible to give the players a good recovery.

"Some fresh players stayed at home, like Austin, Fonte, Bertrand and Davis. I think it was important to do this, but the other players come back after a long travel and the difficulties of that, without a proper recovery between the two games. This is very hard.

"In the same time, for example, Leicester will be without a game for five days.

"For us, it will be important to stay with a good spirit, a good attitude and a good organisation.

"It is an exciting game I think, with a very good team. Perhaps we are a little tired, but I think on the pitch all my players will give all the possibilities I hope with good football and with a good result at the final whistle."

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