Ralph Hasenhuttl knows Southampton are in for a “different game” when Manchester City travel to the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend but has challenged his side to learn from Sunday’s loss to Watford.
The Saints suffered a third defeat in a row after Cucho Hernandez scored a brace for the relegation-threatened visitors with Mohamed Elyounoussi’s first-half effort offering only consolation.
It further dampened the south coast club’s fragile European prospects following defeats to Aston Villa and Newcastle, the more it made sense during Sunday’s visit to Man City.
After struggling to turn possession into a late goal, Southampton knew they would be largely without the ball for the cup tie against Pep Guardiola’s men but Hasenhuttl feels there are lessons to be learned from the results. recently.
“It will definitely be a different game from this one. We will be the ones under pressure and let’s see if we can learn anything,” said the Austrian.
“We have to learn as a young team to stay calm, be patient and break them. To still create a chance to score.
“Our decision-making (against Watford) was driven by stress and impatience, from not waiting for the right moment because of what I just said.
“This is what we are missing at the moment.”
Hasenhuttl left Armando Broja on the bench and although the nine-goal striker was introduced at the break, he struggled to make an impact.
Tino Livramento is also unremarkable by his absence from the talented right-back a regular for the Saints this season aside from a knee injury that kept him out for the whole of January.
“Maybe, yes,” Hasenhuttl replied when asked if Livramento would be suitable to face Man City.
“Tino is fine but after a long injury he needs rest. This is why he was out. ”
Watford are without a game for three weeks after next weekend’s meeting with Everton had to be postponed due to the Toffees’ FA Cup triumph.
Senegal attacker Ismaila Sarr is expected to return to fitness ahead of his trip to Liverpool on April 2, but boss Roy Hodgson fears he could exacerbate the problem if selected for duty. internationally later this month.
“He’s getting tired, when I say he hasn’t trained with the team yet but I saw him do some running the day before – very controlled because it’s a hamstring injury.” the 74-year-old revealed after his victory at St Mary’s.
“I really don’t know when he will be fit and ready to train normally but there is a big risk before Senegal calls him and asks him to concentrate.
“If they did then we would have to let him go, which is another small disappointment because we would have liked to have him with us but we are not going to cheat. If he’s a good fit, we’ll let them know if he’s a good fit and they’ll decide if they call him up or not.
“It will be a bit risky for us. If he stays with us we can control his training but if he goes to his national team the risk of him getting injured is a little bit more than if he was there. with us. ”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/ralph-hasenhuttl-wants-southampton-to-learn-lessons-after-another-defeat-41444499.html Ralph Hasenhuttl wants Southampton to learn from another loss