The Toffees’ newly appointed boss has been pressed to comment on a questionable new tactic Southampton’s opponents on Saturday appear to have deployed throughout this season
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The Saints have often found a second breeze to punish their weary opponents this season, including a recent 3-2 comeback win away from Spurs, which saw them score two late goal within two minutes.
How they gathered that energy may have finally been discovered.
The Athletic’s Research finds that at least one Southampton players were sitting on the field and waiting to be treated from the hour mark to the 70th minute in 14 of their 24 Premier League suitable for this term.
Every time it stops working, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Men will take the opportunity to consume some energy gel and enjoy a quick break.
Lampard’s Everton make the trip to St Mary’s this Saturday and the new Toffees boss was asked about split tactics.
Former Chelsea management explained.
It should be noted that there is no evidence that Southampton’s stars are intentionally faking injuries to try to give their side an advantage.
The gels that the players use are designed to increase energy and prolong endurance, with the substance starting to work in about 10 minutes after consumption.
There is no rule against the use of gels and they are commonly used by players of every club in the league, especially when evening games take place during the month of Ramadan.
With that said, Mirror Football understands that while no rules have been broken, the FA will monitor future matches.
With their relentless pressing, Southampton going to play from the first whistle, it’s no surprise that they demanded some kind of energy boost long before the game was over.
Participating in the 60 minute gels allows the Saints to have an extra late game edge against whoever they’re up against.
Before Wolf Physicist Phil Hayward told The Athletic: “I’m sure sports scientists would recommend it and suggest when it should be done, and Hasenhuttl gave it the green light.”
Trends show that one of Southampton’s attacking players is most likely to drop, with striker Adam Armstrong being dealt the most.
The striker has been tackled four times between the 60th and 70th minutes this season.
Hasenhuttl has yet to comment on the findings and clarify whether it’s just a pure coincidence or something more.
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