Burnley will be tough, says Puel

By SFC Media Fri 13 Jan Burnley vs Saints
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Claude Puel says his side must maintain their strong mentality to overcome Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend.

The Clarets have continued their fine home form since last season’s title-winning Championship campaign.

Puel said: “At home, it’s a very difficult team with their fans and their play with the duels. It’s always difficult to play against this team.

“All the games away are difficult in the Premier League. But as I said, it’s important to keep this mentality and quality of our play to win this game.”

After a tricky festive period, Saints returned to their solid foundations to earn a clean sheet against high-flying Liverpool in the EFL Cup.

And Puel attributes that to the framework of the whole team, rather just the back five alone as they bid to add to their seven clean sheets in the Premier League.

He added: “All the team can defend very well together with line closes and winning the second ball.

“After with the ball, we can play good football because we have good technical players at Southampton.

“It’s important to insist on this quality with the recovery and to use the ball also.”

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