Hasenhüttl's Portsmouth press conference round-up

By SFC Media time Mon 23 Sep Portsmouth v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Find out what Ralph Hasenhüttl had to say to the media ahead of Southampton’s much-anticipated south coast derby at Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night…

On the Bournemouth game…

“We analysed it and I think after the game it seemed not very good, but it was better than I thought at the first moment.

“The opponent had three penalty area entries and we had 16, and they scored three times and us one time so that was the big difference.

“Against Sheffield United there were many more chances for the opponent and we won there, but this time we had much more than the opponent and lost.

“We are not happy about this game. It was a big chance to take a big step and we didn’t take it, but we take out the positive things and we show the team a bit about it.”

On getting a reaction…

“It’s always a chance to force a reaction from the players. We showed a good reaction in the second half, but we have to know that if we give goals away that easily, it is always difficult in a low scoring sport to come back.

“The players know that they invested a lot and that never feels good.

“We need to go into the lead one time in a home game, which we haven’t done so far. That would help us massively.

“There were a few mistakes in this game and that is what we have to stop.”

On the rivalry with Portsmouth…

“I saw the media was saying about the history of this game and the rivalry. I know everything.

“I can say that all of us, every member of this club and this team, is looking forward to this game.
“We have a big chance to write the history in our way. We can win there.”

On the cup-tie atmosphere…

“It’s a cup game and cup games are always a special atmosphere and a special moment for every player, and this atmosphere is important for every cup competition.

“Look at the winners in recent years – they had tight games in the first round and maybe penalties.

“I expect a tight game against an opponent who will give everything. We will do the same.

“It’s important we know what we are focusing on and that is our performance. It’s important this is from the first minute. We cannot think it is easy.”

On the need to be mentally strong…

“It ends up 11 against 11 on the ground. Everything before and after the game we should move away from, because it’s not something we can influence.

“I think for us it’s a more important thing to focus on this 90 minutes on the ground because that’s why we are here.

“I have seen similar games in Germany with 6,000 police in the town making everything safe.

“What I want to see is a football celebration from two teams who do everything to win.”
 
On Portsmouth’s form…

“I think this is the best example of how important it is in what position you are in the table going into a cup game – it doesn’t matter.

“It’s one game you have to win and in one game in football everything is possible. That’s why I expect the most difficult game for us.

“If we are prepared for this, we have a big chance to win there.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Nathan Redmond of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth  at St Mary's Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Redmond was substituted late on in Friday's clash with Bournemouth

On team selection…

“The strongest 11 I can put on the pitch because we know about the games.

“Against Fulham we did the same but it doesn’t mean the same squad as last Friday. 

“A few players were injured like Reddy (Nathan Redmond), for example. He went out with cramps in his muscles on Friday evening, so does it makes sense or too much risk from the beginning? Maybe he’s an option from the bench.

“We don’t take risks to lose players for a long time. We had three injured players with Michael (Obafemi), Reddy and Moussa (Djenepo), but if my medical department say it’s ok I will take them, and if not I won’t take the risk.”
 
On Djenepo’s fitness…

“It can take longer until he is back in the team. It’s not good for us that he is maybe longer out.

“We don’t know at the moment and it’s a difficult injury, because the tendon is maybe hurt and it’s a big risk to take him on the pitch. He can’t shoot so it doesn’t make sense (to play him). At the moment I don’t have a good message.”

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