Puel says squad can cope

By SFC Media Sun 08 Jan Norwich v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel believes Southampton’s squad will continue to benefit from regular games, after seeing his side take a replay against Norwich in the Emirates FA Cup.

Playing three games in a week has been a regular occurrence for Saints this season, and although it leaves less time on the training ground to work with his players, Puel says the squad have shown that they are up to the challenge of dealing with the extra matches.

“We have different solutions and it’s important that the players keep a good attitude and strong character, to look forward with all the squad to give always a good answer,” he said.

“I think we have the ability and the capacity to play all of these games and it’s important to take it now step by step, game after game to keep always a good attitude.”

Saints host Liverpool in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie on Wednesday night, and then prepare for a trip to Burnley before hosting Norwich at St Mary’s in the space of seven days.

“We will play in three competitions in a week and I think it’s important to give always a good answer in every game,” he said.

“Wednesday is a very important game, also is Burnley for this moment. Today (Norwich) it’s a disappointment but it’s important with the possibility of qualification for the semi-final and, it’s important for us to have good recovery now, to focus on the next game against Liverpool.”

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