Ralph Hasenhüttl says Southampton’s flexibility is their biggest strength ahead of tonight’s return to St Mary’s against south coast neighbours AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Hasenhüttl has seen his side go four games unbeaten, winning three of them, and conceding only one goal along the way.
The manager puts that improvement down to his team’s ability to adapt, which he says will be crucial again under the lights at St Mary’s, where the victors will go third in the early season table.
“With a different shape we have had a few big wins, but we can still be very flexible, which is maybe our biggest strength at the moment,” he said.
“We can switch the shape whenever we want, depending on what the opponent demands from us.
“There are many different challenges that you face in the Premier League. Every club has a different tactic and we must be very flexible.
“At the moment we are, and we are convinced about what we are doing, and we have more options in every position than last season.
“I think the better team will be the team that is more flexible and more clinical with the chances they have than the opponent.
“It will be an interesting game tactically and for the intensity.”