Højbjerg: Time to step up

By SFC Media Fri 10 Feb Sunderland vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg says Southampton need to step up their game when they visit Sunderland tomorrow.

Saints head to the Stadium of Light to take on a Black Cats team that, while bottom of the Premier League, is coming off the back of a 0-0 draw with Tottenham and a crushing 4-0 win away to Crystal Palace.

Claude Puel's side head into the game in a healthier position, eight points better off and in 13th position, but having lost six of their last seven top-flight fixtures.

Højbjerg says the time for improvement is now.

"It's a big, important moment," he said. "Like any other game, it's very important.

"We want to go into the game to win it, because this is how we have done it the whole season and we will do it again on Saturday.

"But it's true that we need to get the results and we need to step up in our game, but we are training hard and we are working on it in training, then the results will come, I'm sure.

"There are many games left, fortunately, in the Premier League that we can still get back on track and get to where we think we belong and then we have the [EFL Cup] final, so we still have it all in our own hands."

Despite their placing in the table, the midfielder expects a tough challenge from Sunderland this weekend.

"Not only Sunderland, but this is the Premier League and everything can happen," he said.

"Sunderland know that they need to survive, and we need to be at our top level."

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