Hasenhüttl's Cardiff press conference round-up

By SFC Media Thu 07 Feb Saints v Cardiff
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC

Catch up on the key points from Ralph Hasenhüttl's press conference, as the Saints boss previews Saturday's Premier League meeting with Cardiff City at St Mary's.

On the transfer window…

“We trust in the team that we have here. I still believe that there would have been one or two players who would have fit us but it doesn’t work in the winter.

“We were clear with the player but the club’s didn’t want to give them away so we have to accept this but you can be sure we stay working on these players because I want to have players who make us better. It’s not so easy to find in this period.

“Otherwise, we have shown in the last two months since I have been here that there are a lot of new players in this team. Jan Bednarek didn’t play before I came or Ward-Prowse for example.

“They have got the chance to show they are better than they did until I was coming here, which is like a new signed player for me. The young players have also got the chance to show they can be an option for the future.

“They have things to work on but we have the time now to work and help them to be better players. I think the team overall is ready for the fight and what’s facing us in the next weeks and months.

“If we stay working like we have in the first two months then we will have a big chance to stay in the league.”

On Charlie Austin…

“I’m happy. Not only against Arsenal he made a fantastic goal. He can always score for our team and we will need him and his scoring quality for sure for the last months of the season.

Charlie Austin is back in contention after an ankle issue (Photo: Matt Watson)

“We have one striker less now with the injury to Danny Ings so we will need him. It’s good that he is back after his ankle injury, which kept him from playing against Crystal Palace. He’s an option for the weekend.”

On team news…

“Danny made a big step towards the ball and then a sprint after 20 minutes and then he had a problem with his hamstring.

“It may take 2-3 weeks until he can come back which is not good. We’ll miss him for sure because he’s a good player and a good striker.

“The good thing is that we have Pierre back after concussion. It is important for us because we missed him a little bit with his experience in the position.

“Ryan is back and Maya Yoshida is back after the Asian Cup so we have a few more options which helps us. It helps to have better training sessions also and more quality in the training.”

Pressure on players scoring goals

“I don’t think we are showing at the moment that we have a problem to score. Redmond is in a very good moment and scores nearly every game. We have other players who can score like Prowsey for example as well.

“We should be focused in the future to have more clean sheets. Sometimes it has to be enough to score once, not two or three times to take a win.”

On training…

“You can see that the guys have very concentrated work during the week. They show the mixture of having fun and working hard.

“You can feel there is a good passion in every session. I enjoy working with this team very much at this moment.

 

“That’s the reason why on Saturday we want to show we are better than when we played Cardiff the first time this season.”

On Cardiff…

“It’s an important game for us. We lost 1-0 in Cardiff and I don’t know whether they were better in this game but they were more clever and smarter as well as taking their few chances to win.

“It was after one training with this team so it was a little bit early. We want to show we have developed our game and that’s what I want to see on Saturday.

“We want to show we know how to play against this team. The first game was a very tight one. We should really be focused because we know we gave two points away at Burnley which hurt a lot.

“The reaction of the team will be a very, very focused one and to be honest I wouldn’t want to play against my team at the weekend.”

On James Ward-Prowse…

“I don’t know how his position was before with the previous manager’s. I can’t think that he doesn’t train every day very well because he is such a professional guy.

“You don’t get such a physical shape without working hard. Maybe now the philosophy and the way we want to play fits more to him.

“What I see is that he is a player who is immediately doing what we demand him to do. That’s very important in our shape that we want to play.

“It’s very important that we have players who are open-minded. He can read the game and learns very quickly. You have to be a smart player I think and maybe this helps him to make this development in the last few games.”

On policeman in the dressing room…

“I think we have a lot of policemen now in the dressing room as we have a lot of rules to follow. This is important for us as a team because discipline is important for our game and living together every day.

“James Ward-Prowse is a guy that is one of these, yes.”

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