Press Conference round-up: Leicester City

By SFC Media time Thu 24 Oct Saints v Leicester City
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

The thoughts of Ralph Hasenhüttl as Southampton prepare to host Leicester City in the Premier League on Friday.

On the importance of three points...

"Wins are always important for the whole atmosphere of the club and the behaviour of the players. That’s the reason it doesn’t feel perfect when you don’t win for a long time.

"We know we can win games and we must show it at home. We face a strong team on Friday, but after the last game with a strong defensive performance we have a chance to win it against Leicester."

On home form...

"Taking points consistently is absolutely necessary. This is what we are looking for and I know this period of the three games (without a home win) is a tough one.

"We must be clear that it's time for a win at home, it's time for our supporters, it's time to show as a whole club that we are committed and put the best atmosphere we have on the pitch and in the stands. If we work together, it will be difficult for the opponent to get anything at our stadium."

during Premier League match between Southampton FC and Bournemouth, at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, 20th September 2019 (pic Isabelle Field)
St Mary's Stadium | Matt Watson

On team news...

"I'm sorry to say but it’s still the same. We cannot count on Moussa (Djenepo) or Cédric or (Will) Smallbone.

"Moussa is back on the pitch but for a game it’s too early. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I hope in one or two weeks we can count on him again."

On Leicester...

"I see the quality they have in the team and that they have fantastic players in the team and it is not a coincidence they are that high in the table. I'm more concentrated on my team but we know it's a tough opponent.

"After nine rounds, on the position it is not a coincidence and you have done a lot of things right and they have. For us, it’s important to bring a really committed performance otherwise it will be difficult."

On Danny Ings...

"A good pre-season and the last few weeks has helped him massively. Confidence is high with the goals and you can feel in every session he has a lot of confidence in front of goal and scores in every position.

"This is a result of very hard work and changing a few habits - taking less touches, running more from deep and coming into positions to score. We showed him things he can do better and he is doing it and maybe it helps him score more now." 

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On getting goals from elsewhere...

"Normally, I'm not only looking on one striker who scores for the team, because it means when he’s out you have a problem. I would like to have three, four or five players who are always able to score because this is more important for the team.

"For us, it’s important to have other players who can score and we should bring them more in the position to score. When we play the back five our wingers have chances to come into the box and score - Ryan (Bertrand) had a big chance and Yan Valery as well."

On Ché Adams...

"What I can see is that at the moment he feels more comfortable in the sessions so he scores more and is working hard and shows he can be a help for us.

"At the moment, it’s hard for him to come back into the team because Danny (Ings) always scores and as a central striker there is only one position there. He is waiting for a chance and when he gets his chance, I'm sure he will grab it with both hands."

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers reacts to Match Referee Peter Bankes after scoring his team's first goal which is then disallowed during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton FC at Molineux on October 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
VAR ruled out two goals at Wolves last weekend.

On VAR...

"So far it makes a fantastic job and not just because we have had six goals disallowed, but the way we want to defend at the moment is based on VAR. I remember that for the (Carabao) Cup games, we said no VAR and we must defend different because we cannot stand in this line that long because to defend like we do in the moment it is necessary to have VAR.

"It is really especially for offside - it makes the game fair which is what everybody asks for and what everybody was demanding for and what everybody wanted.

"The only thing maybe we can speak about is to give him (the referee) a chance to have a look on the scene again on the pitch so the decision still stays with him in the stadium. It's important for the supporters that the decision is taken in the stadium and not somewhere else because that’s the reason they go there.

"It's the only change I can think about for the future. We had this in Germany and it was a disaster because form outside, you cannot feel the feeling in the stadium or feel the atmosphere and you don’t know what happened before. That is something the referee can do much, much better in the stadium."


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