Hectic schedule suits Pelle

12 August 2015 03:00:53 EST

Graziano Pelle is relishing the chance to play in the Europa League and is keen for Southampton to go as far as possible in the competition.

The striker is 1/1 to score at any time in the second leg of Saints' third qualifying round clash against Vitesse Arnhem following their 3-0 victory at St Mary's in last Thursday's first match between the two sides.

Pelle cannot understand why some Premier League clubs do not enjoy playing in the Europa League, a competition Southampton are 1/1 to win outright this season.

He said: "I always discuss this with my team-mates when sometimes a club say they don't want to play in the Europa League. I don't understand it.

"We work all year to go as high as possible and to reach the European competition is the best thing we can do. We always want to reach the highest positions possible and it is fantastic to be in this competition.

"I prefer to play always and be involved in European competitions than have more rest and fight relegation."

Meanwhile, Sothampton are 1/1 to finish in the top six of the Premier League this term.

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