Puel: Fans can put pressure on Be'er Sheva

By SFC Media Thu 08 Dec Saints vs Be'er Sheva

Claude Puel says Southampton’s fans can play a key part against Hapoel Be’er Sheva tonight, by putting pressure on the Israeli side.

It is a winner-takes-all clash at St Mary’s, with both teams battling each other for a place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Saints have home advantage on their side, and Puel is hoping for a raucous atmosphere that he believes will help his players.

"I think it's important to put good pressure on this team,” he said. “It was the same in the first game, away. It was difficult against them, because their fans were furious and it was difficult to play this game.

“Now it will be a good thing. It's the same for this team, with our fans.”

The teams played out a 0-0 draw when they met earlier in the group stage – with the same result enough tonight for Saints to advance, while a score draw would see Be’er Sheva through.

"It's a difficult game, because this team is strong with some physical players, but also technical ones,” said Puel. “They have good organisation, show good pressing and they have good players with the ball.

“It's interesting to see them. They have improved during the competition, and now it is a strong final for this game.

“If we want to continue this experience it's important to win, and with the support of our fans to make a strong game.”

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