Press Conference Round-Up: Burnley

By SFC Media time Thu 24 Sep Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl shared his thoughts with the media ahead of Saints' next Premier League game against Burnley.

On Signings…

“I know we will get players in. Now is the moment where some good opportunities are coming up.

“The players which were our number one choice, it wasn’t as easy to get them but we still have alternatives that we are still keen on coming to us on either loan or permanent. We know we need one or two players maybe three. 

“One of our options cost a lot of money and it is frustrating when you see them playing for another team and you want them but don’t get them because of the willingness of other clubs.

“We have to bring other players in who take longer to help us but we will get players to help us reach the next step and we are working on this.

“Nothing is finalised so there’s no need to speak about it but he (Wesley Hoedt) will leave our club.”

its on us to keep it going for longer than 45 minutes

Ralph hasenhuttl

On start to the season…

“The end of last season saw us seem further ahead in our development but now, after the break, we are not on that same level at the moment. Although I must say the first half against Tottenham was going in the direction that we were playing towards the end of last season.

“It’s on us to keep it going for longer than 45 minutes. We are not able to push for 90 minutes but we have to be able to as we have a difficult game at the weekend.

“We know that it is a very long season and we know you have a more comfortable start if you win immediately. We know the situation and what it is about after coming back from a not so good start last season.

“This is why we take every game now as an important chance for getting better and Saturday is our next chance. It’s a chance to show up against a team who we have only taken one point from since I got here and we know we haven’t won against them for a long time but every record can come to an end.”

Nathan Redmond celebrates during the Premier League match between Southampton and Burnley at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England on 16 October 2016. Photo by Matt Watson/SFC/Digital South.
Nathan Redmond scored in Saints last win against Burnley back in October 2016.

On Team News…

“At the moment we still have Reddy (Nathan Redmond) out with an ankle injury. Everybody else can train with us.

“We had one or two issues after the game where it took longer for them to recover but now everybody is on the pitch, everybody was training today. We have had some good sessions this week and with this squad we now go to Burnley."

On Burnley…

“I remember two away games, the first one we were 1-0 up and conceded in the 90 minute so was a good game from our side and the last one was the first game of last season where we had 60 good minutes and then conceded three easy goals.

“It’s a tough game, with a good organised opponent with a clear plan, a clear philosophy and I really like how they play, how committed they are.

“I think Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job there. In the last home game (against Burnley) we had the chance to win but we couldn’t make it. So we have to do it better than the last time against them and that’s the plan for the weekend.

“Even the best teams get affected by their game because it is simple and clear. Good first touch and ball behind the lines causes everybody problems.

"You have to adapt your game to this and I think we have some qualities in our game that can hurt them."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Ralph Hasenhüttl of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
The boss hopes for a quick improvement after defeat to Tottenham last weekend.

On the Tottenham defeat…

“Like always, it’s too easy to just say high line. The first thing I must say was that the line wasn’t that high to be honest, especially in the second half.

“In the first half we had a few times where we played the offside and in the moment it’s difficult to play the offside because the linesman doesn't raise their arm and then you have to defend it until the end and see if it was offside or not.

“We never said about stop running if someone runs deep and not covering the other one. This is a behaviour that has nothing to do with a high line or deep line, you have to follow the run.

“Our defensive behaviour is something we are working on. We have had the time this week to show the guys and be critical.

We will never stop working on our behaviours, quality and performance. Hopefully we can see immediately at the weekend that it’s not so easy to create chances against us."


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