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Friday 9 December 2016

Puel to rotate Saints squad

Claude Puel. Pic: PA
Claude Puel. Pic: PA

Claude Puel maintains he will need to call on every one of his Southampton squad if they are to do well in both Europe and the Premier League this season.

Striker Charlie Austin scored twice as the Saints opened their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory over Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

It was only Austin's second start of the season, in one of seven changes made by Puel to the team which were beaten 2-1 at Arsenal last weekend.

However, the French coach believes having such options throughout the squad can only serve them well in the challenges ahead, which continue when Swansea come to St Mary's Stadium tomorrow, with Saints still searching for a first Premier League win.

"This game was important for the result and also the confidence," said Puel.

"We can see 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."

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