Claude Puel admits that tonight’s EFL Cup tie with Sunderland is a hard one to prepare for, because of the unpredictability of who their opponents might play.
Both Puel and his Black Cats counterpart, David Moyes, have indicated that they will rotate their teams for the fourth-round match, with a number of young players set to be given a chance.
“It's a difficult game to prepare, because you don't know the Sunderland team, because they change also their team to prepare for their game on Saturday against Arsenal,” said Puel.
“But it's the same for the two teams. We play at home, with all our supporters, and it's important to make a good result, with good play and a good feeling.”
Puel added: “It's important to stay with a good concentration and focus on this game, which is a difficult game, because you don't know the team of Sunderland at the start, and every time young players can play – it’s the same for us.
“They want to play a good game, it's the beginning of their career and it's very important, so they have a good spirit and a good attitude, and for us it will be the same.”