He said: “I am disappointed with my first game in England because this is two points lost for us.
“After a poor first half we came out and dominated the second half.”
Amid all the fanfare surrounding Mourinho and Guardiola, Puel and Mazzarri had arrived almost unnoticed.
Saints and Watford fans had no doubt taken to Google to discover more about these lesser-known names.
Even ignoring their looks, the two are very similar. Both are 54 and have enjoyed decent careers back in their homelands – without quite taking that final step to the very top of the profession.
The best achievement for Puel, who played under Arsene Wenger at Monaco, was to guide Lyon into the last four of the Champions League in 2010.