Redmond explains Saints' pressing game

By SFC Media Wed 23 Jan Saints v Everton
Photo by Matt Watson | Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has lifted the lid on the intense pressing style implemented by Ralph Hasenhüttl in his short but successful tenure as Southampton manager to date.

Winger Redmond has been one of the main beneficiaries under the new regime, reaping the rewards of the team’s high-tempo approach.

Playing in an advanced central role against Everton on Saturday, the 24-year-old explained how Saints were able to use the pressing game to hurt the visitors.

“It’s tough. It’s a lot of hard work, but everybody’s enjoying it,” he said.

“You can press as high as you want and put anyone in the backline under pressure, knowing you have the midfield and defence behind you.

“They understand that when we press, they’re the ones to pick up the mess and they (Everton) ended up being really open.

“That’s the chance to sprint forward as early as possible and look for the early passes, and I think you saw some of that.”

Redmond was unable to add to his scoring streak against Everton but remained a constant threat, hitting the post in the first half before forcing an own goal from Lucas Digne to take the game away from Everton.

“I’m not completely satisfied,” he said of his own form, despite five goals in his last eight appearances. “There are still positions where I’m going back on the videos knowing I could’ve done better.

“There was one (against Everton) when I was one against one and I slowed down for some reason, thinking he was closer, so there is a lot of stuff I still need to work on.

“But I’m enjoying working hard for the team and the boys appreciate that. It enables us to get forward quicker.”

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