Jaïdi: Preparation is key

By SFC Media time Thu 14 Feb Saints v Fulham
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

It's crunch time for Southampton's Under-23s, who are reaching the business end of their league campaign - where they sit three points clear of their nearest rivals.

Radhi Jaïdi's side continue to lead Premier League 2, but hot on their heels are Reading and Wolves, who'll be primed to pounce should Saints slip up against their latest challengers Fulham on Friday evening.

There's little to split the teams at the top, as Jaïdi well knows, and having worked so hard to get into the position they're in now, there's no chance of complacency - as the Under-23s have spent all week preparing the finer details of tomorrow's game.

"The preparation is always key for me," the Under-23s boss began. "The small details are so important as this level; it isn't always about the technical and tactical, it can include reactions and mindset.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  LtoR Enzo Robise, Jonathan Afolabi , Jake Vokins, Will Ferry (goal scorer) during the Pl2 match between Southampton FC   and Stoke City FC pictured at Staplewood Training Ground on January 04, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints celebrate their previous PL2 win over Stoke City at Staplewood

"Psychology at this age is very important; being resilient and having a strong character are also things we want to see.

"It's tight at the top of the league. This is a very competitive league. We're top, and hopefully we stay there, that's got to be our aim. I've told the boys; consistency in everything we do will keep us there.

"There's a lot of motivation and desire around the squad, given the position we're in. The spirit is excellent.

"They have the will to make things happen and they want to achieve something this season. We've had successes, but it's not enough yet, there's still six games to go in PL2."

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