Hasenhüttl wants win to thank fans

By SFC Media Sat 11 May Saints v Huddersfield
Photo by James Bridle | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl wants to sign off with a win against Huddersfield as a final thank you to the supporters for their backing during the season.

Saints finish their 2018/19 campaign on Sunday as they host the Terriers, at St Mary's, with a victory giving them a chance of possibly leapfrogging 15th-placed Burnley in the Premier League table.

it's a good chance to celebrate together that we're staying in the league.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

Hasenhüttl and his players will conduct a traditional lap of the pitch after the full-time whistle to show their gratitude to the fans, and the manager is keen to make sure they do so off the back of three points.

"I think it's important for everybody. It's much nicer to make the final lap of appreciation with a win than with no points, so we 100 per cent want to win this game," he said.

"Maybe we can also make another step in the table and that means more money for the club, so there are a lot of reasons why we want to win this last game.

"It feels better if you go into the break with a win, and that's the reason why everyone is focused on this game.

"I think for the supporters it's a good chance to say goodbye to us and to celebrate together that we're staying in the league. For us, it's important that we show them we are doing everything to maybe climb one more position."

With Saints already safe, and Huddersfield's relegation confirmed, there is little tension in the game for either team, and Hasenhüttl thinks it could be an enjoyable encounter.

"It can be. We are both without pressure in the moment, and that can mean it is an interesting game with two teams playing very offensively," he said.

"I know that the result is not as interesting as on some of the other pitches in the Premier League, but for us it's a very important one and we want to show in the last game what we learned this year and how much we developed our game, and this is the goal we have."

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