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Ralph Hasenhuttl eager to hit the ‘reset button’ in Southampton


Ralph Hasenhuttl eager to hit the ‘reset button’ at Southampton after poor form as they try to bounce back from three consecutive Premier League defeats

  • Southampton have lost each of their last three games in the Premier League
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team has dropped to 15th place as a result
  • Jack Stephens could be back for the Saints as they take on an in-form Leicester City

Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Southampton to hit the reset button as they try to get back to winning ways.

The Saints, who host Leicester on Wednesday, saw their four-game unbeaten Premier League run ended on November 20 by Norwich before going 4-0 on Saturday against high-flying Liverpool.

Hasenhuttl knows his team doesn’t score goals freely, but is equally aware of how they prospered earlier in the season thanks to their dedication to the back.

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to hit the reset button and return to winning ways at Southampton

The Austrian is now eager to get back to basics against the Foxes and Brighton, who are heading for St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

He said: ‘The clean sheets we had at the start of the season – five so far – in the last two games, we conceded too many easy goals.

“This is yet another reset button that has to be pressed to get back to what made us strong at this time of four games unbeaten.

“Especially in the coming games it is important that we first come out of a very stable defense.

“Yes, we are not a team that scores five or six goals in a game, but we are a team that can win a game by working hard and bringing it to our side, and this is what we have to do again now.

“It’s a very intense time with little time to train and prepare, so it’s important that we find our rhythm quickly.”

Hasenhuttl, who may have defender Jack Stephens and midfielder Moussa Djenepo back after injury, could be forgiven for bemoaning his luck with Leicester and star striker Jamie Vardy who have both been in shape over the past week.

German head coach could welcome Jack Stephens against Leicester City

German head coach could welcome Jack Stephens against Leicester City

They had played four games without a win in all competitions before taking consecutive wins over Legia Warsaw and Watford, with Vardy ending a five-game drought with a double against the Hornets.

Hasenhuttl said: “Everyone knows they have some threats in the attacking lines with Vardy and a few other players, lots of alternatives there.

“After a not so good run in the beginning, they are getting more and more stabilised. They have played many games in the past in the Europa League and Premier League, playing three games a week.

“They are a super tough opponent and we will have to play a good game.”



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