Ralph Hasenhuttl challenges Southampton to capitalise on season-defining period
Southampton director Ralph Hasenhuttl has challenged his side to take advantage of what would end up being a stage in this life.
Prior to Alexandre Lacazette struck deep to stoppage-time to the Gunners to salvage a draw, the Saints were near securing a Premier League win since last Saturday.
Hasenhuttl, however, saw industry with home games against Norwich and fellow strugglers Watford coming up, from his team to make him assured of moving the table up.
“I feel every stage is critical, but this one against groups around us is very, very important – they are all’six-point matches’, if you would like,” he explained.
“Wins are massive and losing is also massive, so this really is really a very, very important period until Christmas.”
Hasenhuttl continued at his press conference on Thursday:”Everyone knows that in the event you want to be at the finish above the [relegation] line, then you have to begin to take things continuously.
“We had a huge chance for three in Arsenal, today it is about taking another one and the next weeks are very, very important for us.
“We have to play like in the previous match against Arsenal, once we do it like this we have a huge opportunity”
Hasenhuttl took over after Mark Hughes’ departure in December 2018 and proceeded on to guide Southampton to safety that year.
The feels there’s been progress since then, despite the club’s present standing of 19th.
“I believe points will be exactly the same in the moment, but we have three more games until December 6, so it’s still a way to go to get more things than when I was coming here,” he explained.
“The situation is a bit different to then, I believe we’re working for a single year together and we understand what we must do.”
Hasenhuttl included:”It has not been an easy time so farwe had a difficult start, but there is a great deal of belief in what we are doing and that gives us the ability to receive points as soon as possible.”
Therefore will not be fit to face Watford, midfielder Stuart Armstrong picked up a hamstring problem against Arsenal during the closing phases.
Defender Jannik Vestergaard has, nevertheless, been in a position to resume training following illness.
Hasenhuttl revealed midfielder Sofiane Boufal iss a major doubt for Saturday after stubbing his toe.
“He has not been able to prepare for three times. It’s not broken, but is very swollen at this moment,” that the Saints boss said. “He hurried to the kitchen and struck it against the table.”