Relegation battle for Southampton will feel like a title challenge for ‘The Alpine Klopp’
Southampton have been in a relegation battle since the first game of the Premier League season. But with recently appointed manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, the current mood at the club is that relegation is off the cards.
When Southampton football club sacked Mark Hughes, many had already questioned their status in the league.
Many were already looking at the prospect of Championship football being played at St Mary’s next season.
However, when Hasenhuttl took over, the Saints had just won once all season, positioning them 19th in the Premier League table, three points from safety.
“When we work like we did until now, then we have a chance to stay up”, the new manager said confidently.
Hasenhuttl led Ingolstadt to promotion to the Bundesliga in 2014-15 and RB Leipzig to runners-up place behind champions Bayern Munich two seasons ago.
The 51-year-old’s exploits led him to being linked with Bayern and Borussia Dortmund in the last couple of years.
Smart appointment shows desire by the club.
Appointing an established manager with a creditable philosophy can help the Saints turn their season around.
However it didn’t start well for the manager; Hasenhuttl’s first game in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat against fellow relegation candidates Cardiff.
“I’ve learned a lot about my team, following the Cardiff defeat” He said after the match.
Since then the dramatic transformation that the manager has given the club is not what they have seen this season. He now has managed the club on ten occasions in the league, claiming fifteen points out of a possible thirty, which has seen big performances against the top six sides.
For Ralph Hasenhuttl and his team, they face an uphill task of remaining in the division, but it is all down to the mentality and consistency he states.
“It is important to play our football consistently, and I think we did until now, and that’s the way we have to go”.
Southampton face relegation threatened Cardiff City on Saturday in the reverse fixture of his first game in charge, with Hasenhuttl remaining hopeful his side can claim all three points this time around.