Press conference round-up: West Ham

By SFC Media time Thu 12 Dec Saints v West Ham
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl addressed the media on Thursday ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with West Ham. Here are the key talking points...

On team news…

“I think we should start with Yan Valery. He was out the last two weeks and will be out for longer. He has a viral infection and it takes time.

“The good thing is that Stuart Armstrong is back in training and trained with the team for the first time. He is looking good as an option for the weekend.

“Sofiane is still not able to train without an injection because he still has a big pain in his toe. This will take time. In the last games, we always tried to make him fit but it’s not a perfect situation if you don’t train during the week.

“We will have a look at how we improve this issue. And the rest, so far, are all fit.”


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On the importance of the match…

“In our situation, every game is very important. It’s always important to take points.

“We had a good run before the Newcastle game and we played there with a lot of self-confidence, but the last game was really hurting because we could have taken more than no points.

“We had a good chance on a difficult ground to take something. I think our performances are improving at the moment. We are playing better than we were a few weeks before.

The two good results in the home games helped us massively and now we have another home game. The self-confidence at home is also coming back but we know that West Ham is also a very difficult opponent.”


On Newcastle defeat…

“I think we analysed after the game our behaviour of when we were in the lead. We hadn’t played that brave than before and then we weren’t brave after the equaliser.

“It was a completely different game and we should stay on our track if we are in the lead. We would have taken seven points and had a lot of self-confidence.

“You must play differently than we did after being in the lead against Newcastle and this was a topic in the week. We must take this step in our development and then we don’t give points away when we are in the lead.”

On returning to St Mary’s…

“I think the most important thing for us is to focus on the way we want to play and our philosophy.

“The intensity of the game must be a high one if we are in our ground and in a good mode.

“We have shown in the last two home games that we can win and it’s an important game against an opponent that is near us. These are important games for every club and we will give it all we have.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 4: yan Bertrand’s goal celebration during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and with Norwich City FC at St Mary's Stadium on December 4, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints are aiming for a third straight win at home (Photo: Chris Moorhouse)

On Manuel Pellegrini…

“I must say that I see him as a fantastic manager. He has played twice and won twice against me.

“I think he has a lot of experience and we all have situations, moments and periods where things don’t go the way you want them to go with problems and injuries.

“I don’t have to tell him what to do because he is a very experienced guy. I think all the managers in the Premier League do a fantastic job.

“They invest a lot of time and energy to make the team better and to win games.

“You can come in a run that is not very positive but it’s better for us to concentrate on our game and the issues we have.”

On Fraser Forster…

“First, I am very happy that after a long time where he didn’t play that he has the chance to play there. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, that I always knew.

“We have three goalkeepers here and he is loaned until the end of the season.

“It’s not the moment to think about that [a return to Southampton].”


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