The Europa League and Premier League may have been Southampton’s primary points of focus over the last week or so, but Claude Puel insists tomorrow’s EFL Cup game against Sunderland retains significant importance.
Saints host the Premier League’s bottom-placed club, knowing that a win will send them into the quarter-finals of the competition for a third consecutive year, bringing a potential trip to Wembley Stadium another step closer.
Puel said: "I think it's a very important game. It's important to continue in this competition for the squad, for the young players – to continue the work with them and to see good progression for every player. It's a possibility also to win something.
"We will see this for the future. Now it's more important to win tomorrow and to continue in all the competitions.
“I think it's important to continue our good work and we will see for the future what the possibilities to continue in this competition and all the competitions are, and perhaps even a title at the end, but this is a long way away right now.”