Claude Puel was delighted with Southampton’s display as they saw off Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Saints reached the last four of the competition for the first time in 30 years after an impressive performance at Emirates Stadium.
Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand scored the goals, and Puel was thrilled with his side’s display after making eight changes from the excellent win against Everton three days previous.
“I enjoy this win for all of the squad and for the fans, because it’s a good answer to keep all of our possibilities in every competition,” Puel said.
“It was an objective of the team to qualify for the semi-finals after the winter.
“It was a strong game, with good solidarity. We moved the team at the start with different players and the answer from them was fantastic.
“We played a very good game and to qualify for the next round is very important. We now get to play in a semi-final and that’s great for the players.”
Despite the memorable win, Puel says his players must keep their focus ahead of a big game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend.
“We will see for the future of the competition, but for now we have no time to be satisfied and happy because it’s important to keep concentration for next game,” Puel added.
“It’s important to make a good result in the Premier League and then we have a very important final game in the Europa League. We have to keep the good feeling.”