Claude Puel knows Southampton will be facing a Manchester United side in tremendous form at Wembley tomorrow, but he insists they will have no fear taking them on.
José Mourinho’s side head into the EFL Cup final having lost only one of their previous 25 matches, although that defeat did come in this competition, as they were beaten in the second leg of their semi-final, 2-1, at Hull City.
Understandably, United head into the showpiece game as favourites to lift the first piece of major silverware this season, but Puel is quietly confident about his own team’s chances.
"It was 25 games they played with just one defeat, which is a very strong record,” said the Saints boss.
“They have played many games, like us. They have great players and a lot of possibilities to replace players game after game.
“I think they have taken confidence from all of these results. They have international players in all areas and lots of quality.
“But we know also that we can make the difference with our collective. We saw this against Arsenal and against Liverpool.
“We respect them, but we do not fear them, and this is very important.”