Oriol Romeu says Southampton must stand up and be counted when Middlesbrough visit St Mary’s in the Premier League on Sunday.
Saints were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night after a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva saw the Israeli side progress.
Now Claude Puel’s side turn their attention back to domestic action this weekend, and Romeu knows just how important Sunday’s game will be.
“We all wanted to have better feelings after the game on Thursday. It was a tough night and a difficult moment,” Romeu said.
“But now we have to stand up together and come back. Football is about new opportunities and now we have a chance in the league to give everything there.
“We need to make sure we are doing better in the league. We have a chance to come back, play our game and get the good feelings back.
“It’s very important as a team that we don’t get a bad mentality. We need to come back, be strong physically and be focused on the league to win more games.”
Saints have three league games before Christmas, starting with Middlesbrough, before away games against Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth, and the midfielder says it’s a crucial time for Puel’s men.
He added: “We need to prove everything to the fans. They deserve good wins in the league and they deserve to be happier. We all want those good games to come back.
“It’s very important after the defeat in the Europa League that we come back. We will give everything to get back to that competition next year now.”