Hasenhüttl: Passion is the key word

By SFC Media Sat 09 Feb Saints v Cardiff
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl wants to see passion in the stands and on the pitch when his team host Cardiff City in a big Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

Saints face the Bluebirds in a match that could have significant implications at the bottom of the table, with the Welsh club in 18th place but only two points and two positions behind Hasenhüttl's side.

The Southampton boss sees the game as an opportunity to take a big step towards the goal of retaining top-flight status, and wants to see the best from both the players and the fans at St Mary's.

Asked how important a part the supporters can play, Hasenhüttl said: "Like in all the other games this year, passion is the key word.

"Nobody thinks after ten minutes it will be 5-0 to us – it will take time to find the right solutions, but we want to immediately put pressure on them and show 100 per cent willingness to win this game."

i think the players believe in what we are doing. They see this kind of football helps us win games and take points.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

With Saints on a run of five games unbeaten in the Premier League, Hasenhüttl is pleased with the belief, character and application of his players, although he is keen to see the side notch another clean sheet.

"There's only a chance to take points consistently if the game is doing well and working," he said.

"We can create chances, we can also defend very well, although we had only one time a clean sheet, against Chelsea. That's the thing we have to do more of in the future, because it is not always possible to score two or more times to win games, so that's the only thing I'm missing at the moment that we have two less clean sheets until now.

"Last game we had a few seconds to go and then had a goal against us, but I think the players believe in what we are doing – they see that this kind of football helps us to win games and take points. Also, it doesn't matter how the result this weekend is, it continues for the last three months of this season.

"The opponents have been completely different. We were unbeaten against Chelsea, the same like against Crystal Palace or Burnley now. It's a good sign for the players. They were completely different games, sometimes with one man less, defending 55 minutes, other games against Everton very dominant for 90 minutes, so we showed a lot of faces and now it's about turning the table against Cardiff."

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