Graziano Pellè fully says Southampton’s players must show their bravery when Aston Villa come to town on Saturday afternoon.
Saints were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening in disappointing fashion, and have lost their previous two Barclays Premier League games ahead of Saturday’s clash with Rémi Garde’s side.
Villa, who are currently bottom of the league, visit on Saturday and the Italian striker believes the whole team will be ready to show their character and fight as they look to return to winning ways.
“It’s never easy, especially in England. All the teams have good players and can build really good squads,” Pellè told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “It’s never easy to beat a club.
“But we know we can win. We have to be brave again. It’s not nice in this moment to hide behind something and not perform how you usually should.
“This is part of football – you have to show how much you care, how strong you are and that you have the personality.
“For me, I would like to do myself always the top, to be the best, but sometimes it’s just important to win.
“If I have to say now I would like to perform well and win. Then we try to be a strong team – organised, but at the same time be enjoyable because we have the quality to do it.”
Pellè has previously spoken of a ‘don’t be sad, be mad’ mentality he likes to adopt. And that approach, the 30 year-old says, will be evident when he steps out onto the pitch this weekend.
“I always try to say it, because if I have to be sad I have to be sad for the supporters and the people who follow this club,” Pellè said.
“Me personally the reaction is not to be sad, but to try to react in the moment. I’m sure again the whole team is really focused on changing the moment.
“We have to improve the mistakes in this moment and try to win the next game.”