Press conference round-up: Norwich City

By SFC Media time Thu 12 Mar Norwich v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Norwich City, catch up on the key talking points from manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

On Coronavirus:

"At the moment we have a normal game at the weekend so what we do now is try to focus on the game, train as normal, do what we normally do and avoid too much social contact which is what everyone else does to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

"I think it’s not the same sport when you play behind closed doors, it’s like a training game. If we can manage to play the league behind closed doors, then it will help for the competition.

"In general, I think the break that will come after this game will be important. All we have to do at the moment is do everything possible to make sure the virus isn’t spreading. This is the goal we all have.

"If it helps to play behind closed doors then we will have to do that as that’s the most important thing."


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On Norwich City:

"They cannot surprise us as their last results at home against very good teams shows how different this team is at the moment. They are playing fantastic with the ball and getting better and better without the ball. It is surprising they only have 21 points.

"They are sticking to their philosophy and it’s fantastic what they do with the limits they have but they have done a fantastic job this season. When I see them playing I’m surprised they don’t have more points. We go there expecting a difficult game."

On Stuart Armstrong:

"We have a few issues with Nathan (Redmond) still out, Moussa (Djenepo) is suspended. Stuart Armstrong is back. The rest is so far fit.

"It gives me a chance about changing the shape if necessary. We have a few options in our mind so let's have a look."

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 29: Stuart Armstrong of Southampton receives treatment during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at London Stadium on February 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Stuart Armstrong is back after missing the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend

On last Norwich encounter:

"They have had so much transition and we have had changes, so it’ll be a new game for us. It’s important we stick to our game plan.

"We had two goals from set pieces and then a very tough second half when they showed how dangerous they can be with the ball. We must be committed and that’s the focus for the weekend."

On reaching points target:

"It’s important and gives you confidence. The quicker you get there the better it is. We know we have nine games to go and must take the points as quickly as possible." 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton FC at Selhurst Park on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates after Saints beat Crystal Palace on the road in January.

On away form:

"We need to show our away face as this before has been very good. If anybody only looks at the table to see the strength or weakness of a team then I cannot help them.

"It doesn’t tell you the truth. If you see them at the moment they are very good at their ground. It’s not easy and we know.

"It’s not surprising for us and we go there not thinking it’s easy, we go there thinking we have to play better than what we did against West Ham."

On recent form:

"We had a difficult game last weekend with one man down. I think the players know it’s another important game for us and for Norwich.

"It’s a big chance for us to go to 37. We feel in a good position, we know we haven’t taken points in the last few weeks consistently like we did before."


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