Press conference round-up: Spurs

By SFC Media time Thu 23 Jan Saints v Spurs
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

As Southampton prepare to host Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, read through the key moments from manager Ralph Hasenhüttl's media address...

On the FA Cup…

“The trophy looks good! It’s nice in England that you have two chances to do well in the cup. This maybe is the more famous one, as I remember when I was a small kid watching the FA Cup Final; it was a special game at Wembley and everybody wants to be there.

"It’s one of the first football games I’ve seen in my life, so you see the history and to be a part of it now is something special for me.”

On wanting a cup run…

“Even if we would be lower in the table, we know about the importance of this competition. When you see the trophy, everybody wants to get their hands on it.

“It’s a short way to go because it’s a few games and it’s a big chance to get a title and this is everything that’s interesting for the weekend. We will go with the best possible squad to get into the next round against a strong side.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Jake Vokins of Southampton celebrates after scoring his teams second goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St. Mary's Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Getty Images)
Saints saw off Huddersfield in the third round at St Mary's (Photo: Matt Watson)

On team news…

“We played on Tuesday and had a few injuries in this game, so first we must have a look and see who is available.

“Cédric is out for maybe three weeks with a knee ligament injury and Jannik [Vestergaard] is also out with concussion with the elbow he took.

“Longy [Shane Long] has a swollen knee, so he won’t be able to play at the weekend. This automatically changes the starting XI, but we will have to have a look.”

On Spurs…

"They won yesterday and every game you win gives you confidence. They’re a fantastic team with fantastic players and a fantastic manager.

"Although we won the last game, we know how tough it was and are expecting another tough game. It will be a typical cup fight and at a ground where we’ll have a very good atmosphere for this game so it will be a good cup challenge."

On improved form...

"There’s no secret, just hard work. It’s a transformation from nearly every player and the best example is Stu Armstrong. I can remember discussions about his best position, he wanted to play at 10 or eight, but now he’s adapted to 10 like a player who is really open minded and trying to learn.

"The way he’s developed his game in the last weeks is an example of transformation as a team and a club."

On Ché Adams…

“I have recognised it and now our players are interesting for other clubs which shows we are doing a good job. He is not playing at the moment that much, but he feels how important he is for this team.

“I need every player in my squad and this is what I always tell them. For us, there is no option because we need every player. I trust every player, and I did it also at the moment when we weren’t playing so well. I don’t want to let anybody go."

On Jannik Vestergaard…

“I don’t want to talk about any rumours. Nobody was in my office and said they wanted to leave us.

“We don’t have to sell any other players. Maybe we can bring one or two players in, but we need every player at the moment.

“We have a fantastic atmosphere and all the success we’ve had in recent weeks was based on 20 players going in the same direction."


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