Puel takes confidence from home form

By SFC Media Sat 26 Nov Saints vs Everton

Claude Puel says Southampton should take plenty of confidence into Sunday's clash with Everton, despite their midweek disappointment.

Saints were beaten 1-0 at Sparta Praha in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, but they now return home to take on the Toffees.

Puel's side have been in excellent form at St Mary's this season, suffering only one defeat in ten.

"We can take confidence [from that]," said Puel. "Of course, it's very important for my players.

"We play against a strong team. They have all week to prepare for this game, but playing every three days for us is a good thing for the future and we learn from it.

"I hope for this game we find another face of our team, with good spirit and quality on the pitch.

"The pitch was very difficult to play on at Sparta, but at St Mary's in front of our fans it's important to look forward and to take points and come back into the first half of the table."

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