Hasenhüttl's Huddersfield press conference round-up

By SFC Media Fri 10 May Saints v Huddersfield
Photo by James Bridle | Ralph Hasenhüttl

We bring you the key talking points from Ralph Hasenhüttl's press conference, as the Saints boss addressed the media ahead of Sunday’s Premier League finale at home to Huddersfield Town…

On potentially finishing 15th…

Maybe I was joking it was not that interesting for national but for us as a team and a club it’s very interesting we can make one more step and position in the table.

Not only for this but a last game at home is something very special and feels much better to make the final lap of appreciation to the fans with a win.

I think it’s much nicer to go around and say thank you to the fans if you have won before and that’s what we want to do.

On challenging for a top six/seven finish…

It’s something that was growing over years. It is not something you can manage in six or seven months.

It is something that has to grow and we started in a good direction and made the first good step and the foundation is built.

To make the next step it’s very important to make the right decisions for next year.

The players head off but for us as a club we should stay hard working in the break.

We need a few changes in the team and the club and that’s what we will enforce.

On changes to personnel…

I think general staffing we will have a few changes and that is normal and the sooner we have this the better it is so we can begin with what we want at the start.

It starts after the last game; all these transfer rumours. You know how long it sometimes takes until the club has found the right decisions.

We are forcing the right direction and the sooner we have decisions the better it is for me as a coach.

Ralph Hasenhüttl watches over Friday's Staplewood session

On Fraser Forster…

I don’t want to comment on every player now. It’s general.

We have still one game to go at the weekend and we will have a few changes back in. Maybe the shape we played before and the players that played before.

That means Angus is playing again and we will discuss the situation for every player after the last game and then we will take decisions of what happens to those players.

On Nathan Redmond…

I think he’s developed a lot since I’ve known him. I had a meeting with him yesterday and I said I enjoyed very much to work with him so far but I can’t see the limits for him.

I want a Nathan Redmond who shows again he can make a difference in our game and that’s exactly what he wants to do.

We will be focussed from the first day of pre-season to make him better.
I am convinced about his qualities.

On Redmond’s favoured position…

I think the best position is where he scores the most times. Sometimes he can be a little bit further in front.

It depends what shape we play and he showed he can play senior striker in the 5-2-3 for example.

He is very versatile and motivated. If he has good body language and feels comfortable with himself then he always has a very good performance.

Shane Long and Nathan Redmond celebrate taking the lead against AFC Bournemouth last time out at St Mary's

On injuries…

I could but I don’t want to. We want to win this game and it’s everything about finding the right shape and the perfect position for every player.
Huddersfield is a team that play without pressure and we do also.

It can be a spectacular game and if both teams play fresh it will be interesting and I would like to enjoy as a supporter.

On the threat of Huddersfield…

The last game they drew against Manchester United and it’s something like a signal.

We know they are relegated and every player wants to show that he is good enough for the Premier League and good test for himself.

For us it means we take this game as a serious chance to say goodbye in a winning way and that’s what I want to do with my team.

That was the reason I started this week with a very critical analysis of my team because it was not what I want to see. It was a clear message and we will have a reaction at the weekend.

Aaron Mooy and Isaac Mbenza celebrate last week's equaliser against Manchester United 

On the West Ham defeat…

I think there were a lot of reasons why we played a game like this and I don’t want to discuss every reason now.

In general we have to show we can do it better and on the weekend there will be a team on the pitch that know their jobs.

On Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert…

I followed a little bit the work he did so far in Huddersfield.

It was not an easy step he took because to come to a team so far at the end it is not easy to get a good impact.

I know how difficult it is to come here as a new coach and I cannot say anything about this job or how he does it because I do not have a good view on this.

On pre-season plans…

I think it’s not that much different to a normal training session during the week because we are still working hard.

The more important thing is that the schedule we gave them in the break they follow because that means they come back in the shape we can start immediately on the pitch.

I don’t want to start at zero.

Pre-season for me is something we want to work every part of our game and that means you have to have a level when you come back and that’s why it’s not having seven weeks of rest and do nothing.

For video clips we have enough time with them and the last six months there were enough video sessions and we have to prepare ourselves also what we want to teach them, new information and develop our game.

It’s important we use this time during the break to be clear with our philosophy and how we want to go because we want to do better.

For them it is the basic physical fundament that is the right one. Exercises like stabilising exercises and this stuff.

On staying positive…

Everybody knows he has to work with his mind and brain and then we are committed and working as a team and that is the only chance to be successful for next season.

You can be sure this kind of work will be the same and also next year it has to be possible to change systems in a game two or three times without any problems because that’s modern football and it’s normal.

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