Southampton assistant manager Jesus Perez defended Mauricio Pochettino's
decision to make six changes from Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Hull.
Saints manager Pochettino, made six changes - replacing Artur Boruc, Calum Chambers, Jose Fonte, Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.
We pick our strongest team where we can. We decided to play
with the best 11 after the game at Hull during the week. Our team is strong and all the players are available to play. We picked the
strongest team. There are players that needed a couple of days to recover and some players with illness or just a lack of freshness... we have nothing more to say.
We are a little bit sad to lose this opportunity to go forward in the FA Cup but nothing to say about our players."
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