Hasenhüttl on test posed by Leicester

By SFC Media time Sun 18 Apr Leicester City vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

They is now only one team standing between Southampton and the Emirates FA Cup final, but manager Ralph Hasenhüttl does not see much in the way of weakness when he analyses Sunday's opponents at Wembley, Leicester City.

The Foxes are enjoying another fine season under manager Brendan Rodgers, having entered this weekend in third place in the Premier League table, as well as being in the final four of the cup.

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Although they may have lost their previous two matches – to leaders Manchester City and fellow Champions League contenders West Ham – they have received positive news ahead of the game on the injury front, with defender Çağlar Söyüncü available again after a COVID-19 absence, while fellow Turkey international Cengiz Ünder is also back to fitness.

"I don't see a lot of weaknesses in this team," said Hasenhüttl. "There is a reason why they are in the top four at the moment in the Premier League. If you want to be there then you have to have something special.

"I don't see a lot of problems that they have, and even if they have a few players out they are a very strong side, but I think their players are also coming back in the right moment now, so definitely a super, super strong side that we face there, but we have shown in the past that we can also win against them and this is the goal for the weekend."

It is also the aim to make a significant improvement on the performance last Monday night, when Saints were soundly beaten 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion.

"We try to analyse this game very quickly then put it behind us and focus for the new game," said Hasenhüttl. "We know that, especially against the ball, we have to act 180 degrees different than we did against West Brom.

"Only then do we have a chance against a strong side to get something. We know that against strong sides we need an out-performing game and this is what we are focusing for."


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