Nathan Redmond believes Southampton have reaped the reward of playing in a variety of competitions this season ahead of their EFL Cup Final appearance next week.
Although Saints are now out of the UEFA Europa League and Emirates FA Cup this season, Redmond feels that the increased demands have helped the squad in their quest to win some major silverware.
Claude Puel’s side head to Wembley Stadium next Sunday on the back of a rare break from the action following their 4-0 win at Sunderland in the Premier League a week ago, and Redmond hopes the added preparation time together as a squad will benefit all of the players.
“We’ve managed to get a full week’s worth of training,” Redmond noted ahead of their Wembley date. “Obviously we’ve been having games every couple of days.
“It’s tough but I played in the Championship for three, four years so it is no different to me but going from Europa League to Premier League to the League Cup is a bit different but it has been challenging and I think we can look back on this season and we’ll have played at Wembley and fighting for a top 10, eight finish.”
Saints have been further boosted by the arrivals of new signings Manolo Gabbiadini and Martín Cáceres, with the former having made a promising start to life in England thanks to three goals in two games.
“It’s obviously fantastic for his confidence,” said Redmond, who added:
“Wembley will take care of itself. It is a one-off game and the league is the most important thing. And that is what we focused on.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world. So much talent in each side. Everyone is capable of beating everyone on any given day.
“It’s been a fantastic week leading up to the game.”