Puel looks to Manchester City

By SFC Media Mon 10 Apr Saints vs Man City
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel knows Manchester City will pose a significant obstacle in his team's bid to record three Premier League wins in a row, but he is nonetheless confident of producing a memorable result against them.

Saints welcome Pep Guardiola's team to St Mary's on Saturday, for a 5.30pm BST kick-off, as they look to follow up their victories against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

Puel's men earned a well-deserved 1-1 draw when the teams met at Etihad Stadium earlier in the campaign, and he is optimistic they can again take points off the division's fourth-placed side.

"We know the next game against Manchester City is a strong challenge, a great team, but it's better to play against Manchester City after two wins, as it gives us confidence," he said.

"We play at home and, with the support of the fans, we can do fantastic work against them."

Last Saturday's 1-0 victory at West Brom made is seven points from a possible nine and kept Saints ninth in the division, moving them up to 40 points.

While it has been an encouraging run, Puel has stressed the importance of making sure Saints maintain their current standards through to the end of the campaign.

"It was a good result for this week, but it's not finished," he said. "It is just the start of the run-in.

"We have eight games now and it's very important to stay with this good focus, concentration and rhythm.

"For example, [West Brom] was for me the same as the last game against Crystal Palace, with a good consistency the whole game and this is very important.

"We played very well in the first half when we had the ball, and second half against their long ball we defended very well. All the details were important to resist and preserve this result."

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