Hasenhüttl: Brighton will provide a different challenge

By SFC Media Sat 24 Aug Brighton v Saints
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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl feels his side will come up against a different challenge when they meet Brighton & Hove Albion.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s strike was enough for a crucial 1-0 victory during Saints’ last visit to the Amex Stadium back in March.

But the Seagulls appointed Graham Potter as their new boss in the summer and have since looked to implement a new identity, which has yielded a victory over Watford and a home draw against West Ham so far this season.

"I think against a little bit of a different Brighton now, with a little bit of a different shape and philosophy, we must be very committed, be clear where we want to win the ball, be clear what we do when we win it, and I think finally also be more clinical when we have chances than we have been in the last games.

"It is a little bit of a different philosophy now. They play more football, I think. Last season they played very much long balls, and now they try to build up on the ground.

“They are still very committed and aggressive against the ball, with good counter pressing, so all the habits they need to be successful.”

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