Hasenhüttl: Let's send a message

By SFC Media time Fri 21 Dec Huddersfield v Saints
Photo by James Bridle

"We have a chance now to send a strong signal to ourselves and the league."

After laying the potentials of a major foundation in last week's win over Arsenal, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is now focused on making sure his team build upon that when they visit Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

A vibrant Saints performance resulted in a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Gunners in last weekend's game at St Mary's, which was Hasenhüttl's first home game in charge, but an altogether different test awaits this week, as the squad bids to make it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since April 2017.

"It helped a lot to get a bit more self confidence," said the boss of last Sunday's dramatic win. "What doesn't happen is that we lay back now and that's not allowed for any player.

we have to show ourselves and the opponent we are one step further in our development.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

"The more important thing now is to stay focused, to stay working hard, because I think it is a long time ago since we made two consecutive wins.

"We have a chance now to send a strong signal to ourselves and the league that we are able to do so.

"It will not be an easy game, it is a completely different game, because maybe their football is not as strong as Arsenal, but mentally and the character of Huddersfield is comparing to ours in the last game, so it will be a very interesting game.

"But if we stay focused and if we have the same mentality and the same level of running like we did against Arsenal we have a big chance to get three points also."

Hasenhüttl added: "Our big advantage against Arsenal was I think we surprised them a little bit about what formation we were starting with and that helped us a little bit, I think. 

"The surprise factor is now gone, so now it's important to face a very, very aggressive opponent in a stadium that is really loud and with a good atmosphere, like in our stadium. 

"We have to show ourselves and also show the opponent we are one step further in our development, because against Cardiff we didn't make it very well, so that's what we want to show ourselves and also our fans that are coming with us and supporting us."

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