Claude Puel believes Southampton have what it takes to win EFL Cup

Southampton manager Claude Puel

Southampton travel to Arsenal this evening with a place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup up for grabs.

Southampton manager Claude Puel believes his squad has what it takes to win the EFL Cup this season, the Daily Echo reports.

The Saints face a tough assignment against Arsenal tonight in their quarter-final tie at the Emirates Stadium as they look to get beyond the last eight having reached this stage of the competition for the third consecutive time. 

Puel is quoted in the Daily Echo, saying: “It’s an opportunity for Southampton to win something and perhaps to have the ability to play European games for the next year. 

Southampton manager Claude Puel

“For the moment it is important to see this game against Arsenal, keep a good concentration and to have a good performance and after we will see."

If they were to win the competition, it would be their first trophy since 1976, when they beat Manchester United to win the FA Cup.

Southampton's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goal with Jose Fonte

Puel mentions putting in a good performance tonight, and that has to be key for the Saints given the last couple of occasions they have bowed out of the competition at this stage - to Sheffield United from the third tier of English football and last seasons 6-1 hammering by Liverpool on their own patch. While they may be underdogs tonight, the manner of their performance is important at this stage of the competition. 

Arsenal are odds-on favourites but that gives the Saints an element of freedom ahead of tonight's game as they try to make it to the last four.

Earlier on in the season Southampton only lost out to a penalty late on in a 2-1 defeat, with many suggesting they were unlucky to come away from the game empty handed. They have shown they can compete with the best sides the league has to offer this season, which always give you a chance in cup competitions. 

Southampton manager Claude Puel

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