Hasenhüttl focused on big opportunity

By SFC Media Fri 08 Nov Saints v Everton
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is viewing Saturday's Premier League game against Everton as a big opportunity to get a first home win of the season.

Saints head into the contest three points behind their opponents and looking to end a run of six matches without a victory, as well as firmly putting behind them the events of their last outing at St Mary's, against Leicester.

we know we have to deliver results now, and this is a big opportunity for us to win.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

Having seen a positive reaction from his side in the two trips to champions Manchester City since that chastening 9-0 defeat, Hasenhüttl is hoping this home game will be one to remember for better reasons.

"We had a very intense game in the last Premier League game, against Manchester City," he said. "We were close to taking something there and the performance was much better, also than on the Tuesday.

"It's a pity that we didn't get points for it. The only thing we got was the feeling for our defensive work, but this will be only one part of the weekend now, because we also must be offensively well organised and try to create a few more chances than we did against Man City.

"It's a different opponent, we have a home game, we know we have to deliver results now and this is a big opportunity for us to win, because we have to win. Everybody knows this, the players are very focused, and after the last home game we want to show we can do it better."

Everton themselves are in need of points, one place above Saints, in 17th, and without an away win this season.

"I think they know about the importance of the game," said Hasenhüttl. "They have quality in front, with Richarlison and a few other guys, who can really get going in good one-against-ones.

"It's the Premier League, it's always a tough game. We have spoken about the options we have with the ball and we have been also working against the ball, and then we try to bring everything together on the pitch and hopefully you will see this."

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