Southampton manager Claude Puel hoping to replicate European success
By Nathan Orr
Last Updated: 16/09/16 4:10pm
Southampton manager Claude Puel has called on his side to build on their Europa League win over Sparta Prague.
A brace from Charlie Austin helped the Saints open their European campaign with a 3-0 victory over the Czech side on Thursday.
However in the Premier League, Southampton are one of three teams yet to secure a win this season, but Puel is determined to see that change when they host Swansea on Saturday.
"Now it is the Premier League we have to do the good work and win games," he told the club's official website.
"There has been a lot of disappointment and frustration after every game because I think we played good football with many chances, but at the end it was a loss or a draw. This is not interesting for the squad, they deserve to be rewarded."
Against Sparta Prague, the French manager made seven changes to the team which were beaten 2-1 at Arsenal last weekend, with Austin only earning his second start of the season.
And Puel believes being able to operate a strong rotation policy, while the club challenge on two fronts, could be key to success.
"It was important to show Southampton have good young players, and the interesting possibility to make changes game after game," added Puel.
"This is important for the future with the many games we have to play. It is important to see the quality of the squad.
"All of the players are important in the squad. If we understand this and accept this, it is a winning formula for the squad, because it is not possible to play all of the games with 10 or 11 players.
"We can see yesterday the quality of the squad, it is not a problem for me with selection to change the team if the players keep this good spirit and attitude."