Jaïdi: The will to achieve

By SFC Media Tue 05 Mar Saints v Villarreal
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

It's knockout week for Southampton's Under-23s. Still riding high in Premier League 2, there's also the small matter of an International Cup quarter-final to contend with on Wednesday night.

Villarreal are the visitors to Staplewood Campus, where Radhi Jaïdi's side will meet their third European challengers of the competition, having played Dinamo Zagreb and Porto in the group stages.

It won't be an easy task either, as Jaïdi well knows; Villarreal B are second in their respective league standings (Segunda División B), have a wealth of experience among their ranks, and finished top of Group E ahead of Liverpool, Hertha Berlin and Swansea City.  

Still, Saints themselves are enjoying a particularly productive domestic campaign, and are plenty hungry for more, as their coach explains below.

"There is a will with this group. A will to learn and a will to achieve," Jaïdi clarified.

"There's different objectives for different players - it might be reaching the first-team for example. Which we've seen plenty of this season.

"With the new manager, he's given a lot of hope and opportunity to the younger boys. As individuals, in this environment, you cannot pass up on this opportunity.

"I've been a young player myself, and I would have cried out for this kind of opportunity.

"We're all still hungry for more. It's a hugely important game against Villarreal - there's nowhere to hide in a knockout game.

"We're looking forward to seeing what our players can do against really experienced opposition. We have to stand up to the challenge, no matter what."

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