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Claude Puel: 'Dimitri Payet not our main focus'

Southampton manager Claude Puel on August 27, 2016
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Southampton boss Claude Puel praises West Ham United's Dimitri Payet, but will not spend too much time focusing on the Frenchman in the build-up to Sunday's clash.

Southampton boss Claude Puel has said that while West Ham United's Dimitri Payet "is a very good player", his team will not spend too much time worrying about the Frenchman this weekend.

On Sunday, West Ham will look to record just their second Premier League win of the season when they welcome a Southampton side that have been victorious in their last three matches in all competitions.

Puel concedes that his team will need to be wary of Payet's ability from set pieces, but is confident that the Saints will have enough to cause West Ham problems at the London Stadium.

"[A free kick from Payet] would be a good opportunity for them, and of course defending is important, but we must also concentrate on all the many good things we do on the pitch," Puel told reporters.

"[Payet] is a very good player on the free-kicks, but our players also have many qualities and it will be difficult for West Ham to defend these players.

"It is important to keep in our minds all of the good things we can make on the pitch and not just to stay in close [attention] with the opponent, [but] to give a good answer against all of the [West Ham] team, with a good concentration."

Southampton currently sit 14th in the Premier League table on five points - four places and two points above West Ham.

Southampton manager Claude Puel on August 27, 2016
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