‘Klopp of the Alps?’ I’m my own man says Southampton boss Hasenhuttl

Rex Christensen
December 8, 2018

Former RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl said he faced a tough challenge in keeping Southampton in the Premier League, particularly with the number of games on the horizon.

"I think I did it at all the clubs before and often in similar situations to this one at the moment".

The 51-year-old Austrian signed a two-and-a-half-year deal after Saints axed Mark Hughes on Monday. It's a bit back to the roots for me.

"Maybe this step isn't the easiest one, but I never wanted easy in my life. I'm always challenging myself, looking forward I'm not afraid of anything".

They call for fresh direction in the middle of a season because they are desperate.There were familiar flaws for Hasenhuttl to digest from his lofty perch at Wembley, having been confirmed as Mark Hughes's successor in the morning, namely defensive timidity and looseness and, at the other end, a lack of any discernible goal threat until the game was over at 3-0 to Tottenham.

However, a busy period of fixtures, starting with Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Cardiff City, means Hasenhuttl will get little time to work with his players on the training field in the coming weeks.

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I thought Ashwin bowled really well, mixed up his pace a lot, bowled a few different variations with side spin and over spin. I try to ask questions to players who have played here before, or wherever they have played.

'We have a lot of games coming up and if you know my football it is about training sessions and habits so when you don't have the chance to train it can be hard to change things.

He said it would be "fantastic" if he could enjoy similar success but the first target was to pull away from the relegation zone.

"If someone says it is it too much running or work for me they will fall very quick beside us". It showed me the relationship is good, but they have to accept another style of footballIt is a results business and we have to get them as soon as possible.

"As a player, you want to play in all the big games but the most important thing is the team".

But, by then, they were already three goals down, with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung Min on the scoresheet for Spurs. We have to pay attention.

"As you saw yesterday, it was too easy to score against us".

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