Press conference round-up: Newcastle

By SFC Media time Fri 06 Dec Newcastle v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hassenhuttl

Here are the key talking points as Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Newcastle in the Premier League...

On the recent wins...

“The results were very important for us. I think it’s still a long way to go. I saw the results yesterday in the Premier League. It’s important that you take points consistently and we have the next chance against Newcastle on Sunday.

"We have built up a bit of self confidence and with this self confidence we’ll go there and try to take something.”

On Newcastle…

"It will be interesting how many players will be rotated. I think they have a few slight injuries. We also have a few after the last game. It was a very intense third game in a week, so we must have a look at the starting eleven.

"I expect a game with a very good organised opponent. They don’t have a lot of possession but they defend very well. They have a lot of counter attacks they are very strong. Not an easy team to play against.

"I think for us it will be a little bit different. Like in the last game we had an opponent who was building up from behind which gave us a lot of chances. I think we had the highest amount of ball wins from our entire season I think. This will be a different game, with different tactical options. Let’s find a good game plan to take something."


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On the feeling at the club…

"It’s really fantastic. I spoke about finding back our trigger and our identity and I think this was the most the most important thing in the last three games.

"We could have won against Arsenal, last two games we have won. It was a completely different performance from everyone. They were all played much more committed.

"The way we acted was intense, and this is our identity. We must hold this high always. We must play like this, not give the opponents any chances. We are defending higher and keeping the opponent far away from our goal. This is more the style we want to play.

"But as a I say because of the results we’ve stepped deeper and deeper. Now we try to push to reset button during the international break and come back to what we want to do better. It looks like, as the results show, that this is the right way."

On the run of games coming up…

"The good thing is we have all of our players back. We’ve played against the big teams already, especially at home, in what was a very busy schedule.

"We’ve seen December as a time where we can pick up points. But we’ve already seen from these teams that this doesn’t guarantee that we will take something.

"I think the chance is there and it’s good that we’ve got back to having good performances because I think this is what you need against every opponent.

"We have now a squad, a first eleven, that have played twice, almost the same. I think this gives the players a good feeling and a good self confidence. I think this is more important than the teams that are coming up."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during a Southampton FC press conference at the Staplewood Campus on December 06, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ralph Hasenhüttl believes his side has found their identity. 

His first year in charge…

"I knew the Premier league is a big challenge especially for a club like we are. I knew what I was doing coming here, I knew our limits and we tried to push these limits as high as possible.

"Not every period of last season we were competitive and this season at times has been the same. To minimise these periods is the goal for the future.
I think last season we had a good impact, a lot of good wins at home and in the end we stayed in the league. This season is not easier, every year the Premier League is becoming better and better. We must follow this and go our own way and I think we do this in a special way.

"We are a hard working club and we must push our limits. We must develop our young players and in the end stay in the league. This is our main goal."

Enjoying his job…

"Speaking to the media, speaking to the players, working on the pitch, developing the players, thinking of sessions. I think is a fantastic job and I enjoy every day working here.

"I was working with a club in the Champions League and sure it’s a big stage. But that doesn’t make it any less fun to work here. I enjoy this job very, very much here and I’m thankful I’m managing in the Premier League."


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