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Romeu: We enjoy Puel's football more than Koeman's

Oriol Romeu has taken a pop at the former Saints boss.

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Oriol Romeu has taken a pop at former Saints boss Ronald Koeman and his approach to playing football.

The midfielder claimed that the now Everton boss didn't want to take risks which made the football less enjoyable to play.

Quouted in the Daily Mirror, the Spaniard said: "Koeman wanted to play from the back and if there was any risk he wouldn't want us to take the risk

"Nowadays we're just trying to help each other and trying to get that ball from the back.

"We might lose more balls in that dangerous area but then we have more numbers in thebox and we go up and down in a block.

"In time we will do it better. This time we enjoy it more and are more confident."

The former Chelsea man featured in Claude Puel's first victory as Southampton manager on Thursday night when a Charlie Austin brace helped Saints move top of their Europa League group.

Romeu has backed Austin to continue his renowned goal scoring form and for the Saints to get their first league win of the season.

"When a striker scores they always feel comfortable and they enjoy it a lot.

"Against Sparta he had two chances and put them in. It’s good for us.

"He’s been working a lot and on Thursday he got the prize.

"Hopefully this weekend or as soon as possible he gets more and more goals.

"Hopefully the win will kick start the manager’s tenure. We had to wait longer than we would have wanted. We hope to keep winning and keep enjoying this feeling."

Southampton take on Swansea City this afternoon in the Premier League as they search for their first league victory. You can keep up to date with analysis and opinions of the game on the game thread and on our twitter feed.