Puel: Fans can drive us on

By SFC Media Thu 03 Nov Saints vs Inter

Southampton's fans can play a pivotal role in tonight's UEFA Europa League meeting with Inter, says manager Claude Puel.

It will be a full house under the lights at St Mary's for this evening's crucial Group K clash, which comes two weeks after the teams met in San Siro.

On that night, Saints received some incredible backing from close to 7,000 supporters, and Puel is hoping they will create another memorable atmosphere tonight.

"I expect the same thing, the same support from our fans," he said. "It was fantastic in San Siro, and it was a shame we couldn't share a good result – a victory – but all the fans could see the good work of the players, with many chances.

"It was a big disappointment, a big frustration, but it was a pleasure to see my players playing very well. At San Siro that is not easy, because they can have a lot of emotion, but they kept their calm, their quality on the play and it was just the result that was negative."

Puel added: "The support of our fans will be important, because with all these games in different competitions sometimes the team and the players can be tired, and with injuries at this moment it is a little difficult also, but I think all the players have a good mentality, spirit and attitude.

"It's fantastic to train these players, and I enjoy it with them, and I would like them to be rewarded with a good result and to continue our bid for qualification. It's important for the club, for the fans, and for the players of course."

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