Southampton trip to face Inter Milan just another game, says Claude Puel
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 20/10/16 10:34am
Claude Puel says Southampton's trip to the San Siro to face Inter Milan is just another game as they look to progress in the Europa League.
Frank de Boer's side are under pressure and sit 11th in Serie A after three defeats from their opening eight games while the situation has been worsened by a row between captain Mauro Icardi and a section of the club's fans.
Inter have also suffered two defeats from two in the Europa League, but Puel wants Southampton to remain calm on Thursday as they aim to take advantage of the turmoil surrounding the Nerazzurri.
"It's important to stay calm. Perhaps it's a big occasion for Inter to react as they need points but for us it's the same thing," Puel said.
"They have good players and a good team to have a good reaction and we approach this game with calm and we prepare this game with all our possibilities. This is most important.
"It's important to stay with good concentration for every game of this Europa League. Of course, to play away at Inter Milan is exciting, but this is for us just a game. It's important to try to take the three points. The result is very important now for qualification."
Puel is expected to again rotate his team despite their convincing performance in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Burnley.
The in-form Nathan Redmond has not travelled to Milan, while full-backs Cedric Soares, Jeremy Pied, Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett are also all injured.
In their absence, Sam McQueen is expected to make his first start for the club having only made his first Premier League appearance as a substitute on Sunday. Puel described the fixture as "important" for the 21-year-old, but also revealed he remains uncertain over what his strongest team is.
"I don't know my best team because all the time we can change five or six or nine players," Puel added. "It's important to keep all the squad with a good concentration. If we want to stay with good results and a good physical level for all the games it's important to respect all my players.
"Of course this game is very important to us but after, the game away against Manchester City [on Sunday], is very important.
"All the games are important but for me my job is to have every time a good balance on the team with good players and good feeling between them, a good acquaintance. This is my job."