Hasenhüttl reflects on reasons behind improvement

By SFC Media Sat 18 Jan Saints v Wolves
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Ralph Hasenhüttl

As Southampton prepare to face Wolves, looking to make it five wins from six Premier League matches, Ralph Hasenhüttl has reflected on some of the reasons behind his team's incredible run of form.

Having been in the Premier League relegation zone shortly before Christmas, Saints have taken 13 points from a possible 15 to climb up to 12th place in the table, with wins over Chelsea, Tottenham and Leicester in that time.

It puts the top half of the standings within touching distance, and perhaps the best illustration of how impressive the turnaround has been is that three points this afternoon would pull them level on points with a Wolves team who are currently in seventh position.

our behaviour is getting better and better.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager

"A lot of things I think are necessary if you want to win against clubs like Leicester, Tottenham and Chelsea," said Hasenhüttl.

"Always a very, very good commitment against the ball. Our behaviour is getting better and better, and it is not so easy to score against us at the moment.

"The defending in every part of the pitch is a completely different one now – a lot of belief, a lot of working together, and also a big change in our game is what happens when we win the ball, and this is something that is about the speed we put into the transition and how simple we play, how quick we play forward, how less risks we take, and everything together makes us a more competitive team and a more successful team.

"When you score always or when you have clean sheets, the self confidence is rising.

"In the end it's teamwork, and the team at the moment is really committed on the pitch and off the pitch, and this helps them to perform better."

Hasenhüttl added: "The team is enjoying at the moment every game and every session, and also the guys who are not always playing are a good part of this group and know about the importance for the team, and in the moment it's really enjoyable to work with this team, and the team likes to work on the pitch."

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