No limit to our Europa ambitions, says Romeu

By SFC Media Tue 22 Nov Sparta vs Saints

Oriol Romeu says there is no limit to Southampton’s ambitions in the UEFA Europa League this season, ahead of a pivotal clash against Sparta Praha.

Claude Puel’s men face the Group K leaders at the Generali Stadium in the knowledge that a victory would ensure qualification, should Hapoel Be’er Sheva fail to win against Internazionale.

“It will be a tough game but a nice game. We know that if we win we go through to the next stage. That’s what we all want,” said Romeu.

“We all know the English league is very tough and demands a lot from players. When you play in Europe, you try to rotate a bit more and adapt to what you’re doing.

“We are not in a harder position because we’re happy to play in the Europa League.”

Saints are looking to make history by reaching the knockout stages of the competition for the first time, to follow up a memorable victory over Internazionale at St Mary’s last time out.

Puel has seen fit to rotate his side during the campaign in order to keep his side competing on all fronts.

And the 25-year-old Barcelona academy graduate is hoping to be part of “something huge” to reward the fantastic support.

Romeu added: “Once we’re out there we all do the same job and try to help each other. Whoever is playing, we have the same mentality and philosophy.

“We don’t put a limit on it. It’s a new competition for the club and we will give everything.

“We don’t think it’s a small competition. We want to make history for the club and hopefully we can achieve something huge.

“Every European match, we’ve had an amazing support from the fans and we felt this happiness that they have for us to play in this competition.”

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