Hasenhüttl's Wolves press conference round-up

By SFC Media time Thu 11 Apr Saints v Wolves
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

We bring you the key points from Ralph Hasenhüttl's afternoon press conference, as the Saints boss discusses Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary’s…

…on Premier League points required

18. It would be perfect. The target is now for the weekend and it’s a hard nut to crack.

…must win vs Wolves?

No you don’t have must wins in the Premier League. Not for us. It’s a very strong opponent, one of the most organised in the league and made a fantastic job and beat a lot of big teams.

They play a similar shape to what we do and it will be interesting tactically for us. Not an easy game.

…on Wolves’ talent

I think they showed that they have a clear plan and also good players that can fill the plan with life.

The whole way they want to play at the moment is a very successful one and it’s not a coincidence they are so high in the table.

It’s not like the last games for us with Liverpool and Tottenham at home but Wolves at home is not easy for me.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Mexican striker Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on September 16, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Striker Raúl Jimenèz made his switch from Benfica to Wolves permanent last week

…on the future

You do both things. One thing is focusing on the weekend but as long as we are not safe it is not easy to prepare the next season.

We have to have the right decisions when we have the chance to take them and therefore we are also looking at new players.

The sooner we are safe the better it is. We all know that the sooner we get the last wins we need for 40 points for example the better and we have another chance at the weekend.

…on links with Birmingham City striker Che Adams

I don’t want to discuss any personality. We were linked with him in the winter transfer period.

We have eyes on a few young players who fit our shape and philosophy and we are mainly looking for younger players. First we have to be safe.

…on Ralph's first season at Southampton

I have enjoyed it very much to work in the best league in the world and for me a very important step in my development.

I have come to a club that gives me a chance to work with a fantastic group in a fantastic area with a fantastic training ground.The team is very open minded and working hard.

I enjoy every day being here and the games in front of our supporters with the atmosphere.

Everybody is following us and growing with us and that is exactly what I want to have in this club.

I want to create the energy to stay in this league and it doesn’t make it easy for me to find the first XI because injured players are coming back and others who couldn’t play against Liverpool want to play again.

It is getting harder to find the right XI without hurting somebody but this is better than looking around for a player.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ralph Hasenhüttl after Southampton's victory over Tottenham Hotspur in March

…on new strikers

In any position we have a feeling we can do something in the summer and we have our eyes open.

We will have a look at how interesting the package is from this player or this player and then decide if it’s necessary to bring them in.

…squad fitness

We have Ingsy back again and he can play on the weekend. He is allowed to play. Mario Lemina is still injured and can’t train with the team.

Jannik Vestergaard made a good step in the game against Liverpool and doesn’t have any problems so far and that’s important for him that he could stand this intensive game.

The rest is the long injured players like Michael Obafemi not in the group and it’s not easy to find the right 18.

…on Michael Obafemi

We don’t see him in the moment training in the group, we see him running and building up. There is still a way to go for him and this season not playing again so we have to be careful with him.

…on Danny Ings

He’s always itching to go and with energy and wanting to train very hard and to come back in the team and score again.

It’s a very interesting atmosphere in the team and a good balance of having fun with what they are doing but also very concentrated on the training sessions and the video sessions.

I think we need this because we all know we can make a big step at the weekend against a strong team and we need a big performance.

Everybody knows how difficult it will be at the weekend and we need the best performance to get the chance to win.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Danny Ings during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on April 11, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings in Southampton training at Staplewood this week

…lessons to be learnt from Liverpool defeat

I think this message we have still in our minds. After the big teams everybody thought here comes the easier ones but then you feel they are not any easier.

It is a different game and you have to focus on different parts of your game, maybe more ball possession, and we have to work on this part.

We have to show we are one step further in our development and switched on like against Brighton or Fulham and win these games. This is a very strong opponent and a tough nut to crack.


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