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Southampton boss Koeman rules out Christmas rotation

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has ruled out rotating his squad through the busy Christmas schedule.

Saints travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, just one clear day ahead of taking on Premier League leaders Chelsea at St Mary's.

Koeman said: "In my mind is to prepare well for the Friday game.

"I don't think to the second, the Chelsea game, no, because I don't believe in that.

"I can't do in one time two games. I need to prepare myself and the players for the Friday game "I will put out the most strong team and it will be all about the physical state of the players.

"Maybe I can't start with the same 11 Friday and Sunday, maybe, but then we will see on Saturday what happens."

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