Puel: Time to sharpen up

By SFC Media Wed 26 Apr Chelsea vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel was encouraged by a lot of Southampton's performance at Chelsea, but says they must now sharpen up ahead of Saturday's clash with Hull.

Saints were beaten 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, despite playing well for long spells, with Puel admitting their opponents were just more clinical in each penalty area.

Attention now turns to this weekend's meeting with the relegation-threatened Tigers at St Mary's, and the Southampton manager knows what he wants to see from his side.

"We didn't find the good clinical edge in the boxes and we need to correct this, but we were playing a great team and the details made the difference," he said. "We saw good intensity and quality on the pitch and it will be interesting now to improve on the concentration of the detail.

"After two games lost it's a very important game the next one, because we need to stay in the first half of the table. It will be a difficult opponent, because they won their last games, they want to stay of course in the division and it will be important to keep the good intensity and be more clinical."

Puel also reflected on the return of Oriol Romeu and Sofiane Boufal to the starting line-up at Chelsea.

"We know his (Romeu's) quality to start the play and also to recover the ball," he said. "It was difficult to finish the game, because it was his first one after suspension, but we know his quality and his spirit. All the players can do good work with the ball, but now we need to correct the details.

"I think Boufal can do a good first half, with good quality. He played with good penetration and it was interesting to see him from the start of the game, because he's a talented player."

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