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Hasenhuttl to use break to 'fix things that haven't been working'

Ralph Hasenhuttl says he plans to use the upcoming international break to ‘fix things that have not been working’ following Southampton’s alarming slump which has them fearing they are in a relegation scrap

  • Ralph Hasenhuttl will use international break to ‘fix what hasn’t been working’
  • Southampton have won just once in 11 games and have dropped down the table 
  • After fears they are in relegation scrap, Hasenhuttl says they need to win points 

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed he plans to use the upcoming international break in order to ‘fix things that have not been working’. 

Saints were top of the Premier League earlier this season but a run of just one win in 11 Premier League games has led to fears they may be in a relegation battle. 

His side face Bournemouth in the FA Cup quarter-finals before the international break and then have fixtures against teams around them in the table.  

Ralph Hasenhuttl will use the international break to ‘fix things that have not been working’

Southampton have plummeted down the table after just one win in 11 Premier League games

Hasenhuttl feels it is an opportunity which his squad have to tackle head on.

‘Like the past few weeks, they are very vital,’ he said.

‘We have hard points to take, it is always difficult in the Premier League, but we have some interesting games coming up in the league and FA Cup.

‘I am really looking forward to it, and over the international break we can get some training to help us massively on things in our game which have not been working.’

Hasenhuttl feels the upcoming break is an opportunity which his squad must tackle head on

They host fellow battlers Brighton on Sunday, where victory would move them on to 36 points. It would be a tally which has proven enough to secure survival in each of the past four campaigns. 

Hasenhuttl, though, feels there is plenty of fight left in the teams battling for their survival to relax just yet.

‘I don’t think that 36 (points) are enough this season to be honest because Fulham has a good run now and are showing up,’ Hasenhuttl said.

‘But we are not focusing on 36 (points), we are focusing on getting as much points as possible, and on the weekend we have a chance of getting a few more.’

Leading scorer Danny Ings remains sidelined as he recovers from a leg injury, but is expected to be back after the international break.

They host fellow strugglers Brighton on Sunday as they look to move onto 36 points

Midfielder Moussa Djenepo was taken off at half-time of the 5-2 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday night because of a groin problem.

Hasenhuttl hopes the Mali international will be available for Sunday’s game.

‘It doesn’t look that bad so hopefully he can start training by the end of the week. So he could be an alternative for the weekend but we don’t know it yet,’ the Saints boss said.

‘Sometimes it feels worse than it is in the end, but when you scan him he immediately shows a lot of blood in muscles when he has odd injuries, so we have to pay attention to how tough the injury definitely is.

Top scorer Danny Ings is still sidelined but hopes to be back after the international interlude

‘This is not so easy for our physios to see clearly because sometimes he reacts better than they think.

‘When he takes the test it looks better than it should be normally, so it is always tough to decide whether he is available or not.’




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