Hasenhüttl's Brighton press conference round-up

By SFC Media Thu 22 Aug Brighton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Find out what Ralph Hasenhüttl had to say as he met the media ahead of Southampton’s Premier League trip to Brighton on Saturday…

On taking positives from the Liverpool game…

“You have to take points, not only positive things. In the last game, we had chances to take more than a defeat, and we showed we could compete with such an opponent.

“Pre-season was different – we scored in nearly every game with our first chance, but this is the Premier League, and we need to bring this quality and be more clinical in those moments.”

On Danny Ings’s impact off the bench…

“I think he had a good game, impacting the game like all the substitutes so far. Moussa and Stuey were also immediately in the game and had a positive impact.

“In the last ten minutes, we were very close to getting something, but it was not good enough.

“We know we have a squad with a lot of options, especially in the offensive line, and this week I’ve seen a lot of players working hard to try and come into the squad.”

On wanting a clean sheet…

“We didn’t give Liverpool that many chances, but it’s not easy to defend them, even with a back five. Against Burnley, for 60 minutes there were no chances, but then they score three goals.

“Being concentrated over 90 minutes and having this clean sheet would be more important than anything else, but a few inches are missing in the last step to defend or block a shot.

“For the goals Liverpool scored, we had an overload of six against two, and nine against three, but we couldn’t block the shot. It’s important we do this in the future.”

On the need for points…

“It’s about taking points consistently. In the first two games we haven’t, which is not the start we wanted, but we knew the schedule was difficult, with four times against big teams in the first seven games.

“Even then, it was not impossible to take points against Liverpool, so we must be focused that it doesn’t matter on the game or the opponent, there is always the chance to take something.”

On Ché Adams adjusting to the Premier League…

“It’s not surprising that he comes to the Premier League and needs a little bit of time, but he has a lot of qualities that have really adapted well to the Premier League – he is physically very strong, he is quick, he can finish and he knows where he can get chances.

“This is a good package, the guys like how he works for the team, and he’s a calm and positive guy. But for a striker, your performance is only a really good one if you score.

“I was also a striker and I know that if you play well and don’t score, nobody says ‘good job’. When I didn’t play that well and scored, everyone said ‘fantastic’. That’s the problem when you are a striker.”

Ché Adams scored on his only previous visit to the Amex Stadium, as a Birmingham player

On Adams getting off the mark…

“I think in the first two games he was a little bit unlucky with a couple of chances – just a few inches away, when in pre-season it was a goal.

“What I liked in the last game was that he was really working hard and caused some problems for Liverpool. He had a good game and was very aggressive against the ball.

“It’s normal that our strikers have to invest a lot of work against the ball – maybe sometimes it’s not so easy to be that fresh when you get the ball to score – but I already knew that he can do this.

“He likes to work hard and he has fantastic character. It might take time but I’m sure that he will score.”

On Graham Potter’s impact at Brighton…

“It’s a completely different philosophy now – much more with the ball, very calm on the ball and a different shape now.

“It’s a very big change from last season. He has the players he needs for this shape, which is similar to our shape and should make for an interesting game.”

On Brighton’s results so far…

“When you have the first game at Watford and you win 3-0, that gives you a lot of self-confidence, and in the next game, against West Ham, they were able to come back into the game.

“The character seems to be good. We know how difficult it is to play at Brighton – last time we had a very tight game and won 1-0.

“This year it will not be easy, but we go there with a clear target to be a really aggressive opponent.”

Summer signing Leandro Trossard struck his first Brighton goal on his home debut against West Ham

On Fraser Forster’s future…

“He is one guy who could be making another step. We have a few guys still on the transfer list who could maybe find another option. 

“We know we have four goalkeepers at the moment, so we can give one of them the chance to play somewhere else. Maybe Fraser is the one.”

On Mario Lemina…

“He’s one of the guys who has a few options. It’s especially important that this personality is coming to a clear finish. It’s an option that he could leave us in this transfer period.”

On the introduction of VAR to the Premier League…

“I think they’ve done a very good job so far. I’ve experienced the first year it was in the Bundesliga, and it was not really good, because it was tested without the offside lines.

“I think the performance of the VAR has been good. There are still some big decisions you cannot be one hundred per cent clear, yes or no, because it is a subjective decision.

“But I think for offside it is fantastic. A lot of decisions so far have been right, and made the game fairer.”

This handball by Aymeric Laporte meant Man City were denied a late winner against Spurs by VAR

On players being racially abused on social media… 

“I’m sure they (the platforms) can do something. While there’s a lot of positives you can transport with social media, there will always be negatives also.

“These anonymous critics who can post there are never easy to stand. There must be tools to stop this, but we must be clear that not everything on the platform is going to be positive.”

On losing weight over the summer…

“There is no secret! I think it’s called dinner cancelling, which is something that has helped me to lose a few kilos in weight.

“It is necessary because the job is stressful enough, so you must be full of energy and full of power to do it.”

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