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Southampton: Daily round-up

Southampton kicked off their Europa League campaign with a win over AC Sparta Praha — here’s what was said.

Southampton FC v AC Sparta Praha - UEFA Europa League Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Southampton boss Claude Puel praised his squad’s depth following their 3-0 win over Sparta Praha in the Europa League. (Goal.com)

But the Frenchman stopped short of guaranteeing match hero Charlie Austin had solidified himself a starting spot citing a busy schedule with Europa League and Premier League duties. (Sky Sports)

Charlie Austin hailed a ‘special night’ as he scored twice on his European debut. (ESPN FC)

Southampton determined to enjoy European adventure. (NBC Sports)

Virgil van Dijk, who captained the Saints in the Europa League group stage debut, was honoured to have been rewarded with the opportunity to lead his club to a win. (Daily Echo)

Sparta Praha fans briefly clashed with police inside St Mary’s, as their club failed to have an impact on the match on Thursday night. (Mirror)

A short investigation into why Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Southampton are a good match. (uMAXit Football)

Did you see?

United Kingdom readers can view the highlights from Southampton’s convincing victory over Sparta Praha. (BT Sport)

Southampton 3-0 Sparta Praha - in pictures via the Daily Echo.

Dab on’em.

Quality response from the Southampton media team.