Ralph Hasenhüttl says the hard work to implement his ideas and philosophy is continuing ahead of Southampton’s trip to face Chelsea in the Premier League.
Saints earned two vital victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield during December, which were followed up by defeats against West Ham and reigning champions Manchester City.
And during a hectic schedule, Hasenhüttl reiterated the importance that his players are unrelenting in their pursuit of success so they can feel the full benefit of his meticulous methods.
“We took two important wins after having a normal week of training which helped us a lot I think. You feel that was only the first step and the manners and behaviours can fall back when we don’t train in this manner,” Hasenhüttl said.
“We try to make sure they are working in our direction that we want to show our supporters. In some moments you can see how we want to press, how we want to hunt and if we do so then we will always have chances to score like we did against Manchester City and against other good teams we can do so.
“There’s a lot of work to do which is what we knew from the first moment and it has been a tough schedule over Christmas but there’s no alternative than to face these games and be as prepared as possible.
“Hopefully we make a surprising result in Chelsea as that would be fantastic.”
Hasenhüttl made six changes to his side for the home game against Manchester City and he has hinted that some of the players who missed out may come back into the fold.
“It’s always a good opportunity if there are injured or suspended players. We have a lot of fresh players we can bring into the game again.
“We had Ings, Redmond, Armstrong and also the two centre backs Yoshida and Vestergaard.
“Matt Targett has a bit of a problem as he took a hit on a muscle but we’ll have a look but there is a possibility to bring a lot of fresh players in.”