Nathan Redmond believes that Southampton have prepared themselves well for a cup run while remaining competitive in the Premier League this season.
Saints have fought on four different fronts during the course of the season, and head to Wembley next Sunday for the EFL Cup Final in search of the club’s first piece of major silverware since 1976 when they won the FA Cup.
It’s not a bad feat for manager Claude Puel in his first season as Southampton manager, and Redmond – a fellow summer arrival at the club – says the club’s progress is of little surprise.
“I think he expected that when he came in, having Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup,” said Redmond.
“He knows Southampton is an established Premier League side now so maybe they wanted a cup run.
“When it boils down to it, the Premier League is the most important thing and we have Wembley to look forward to and it was important we got the three points (at Sunderland).”
Saints step up their preparations for Wembley early next week, and Redmond says there’s already a quiet determination within the squad to win the trophy.
“It’s a long week,” he said. “We’ll leave that up to the staff to get prepared but as I said, it is a one-off game and we’re going to give our all to go and win it.”