Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes the club is back on track after a few hiccups over the past few seasons. At the end of the 2016/17 season, they had secured a fourth successive top-10 finish as well as a first major cup final in 14 years. Southampton was also doing well off the pitch after the sale of Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane to Liverpool. They then were involved in a couple of relegation battles before Hassenhuttl joined in 2018.
“This club lost this track for one or two years, maybe three years ago, but now we are fully back on this track,” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “I think it helps us to create these kinds of players, and no matter how long they are with us, this is a very healthy way of developing this club. What is the difference now is that we can maybe jump earlier on these talented players. The longer we have them, the better they will play football in the future.”
“To be honest, the impression he has given me in the games is a higher one than in the sessions,” he added. “He was a slow starter here. He took time to adapt to our intense way of playing but he is getting better and he learned a lot. The young players need time. We need to let them make mistakes and learn from them. This ability he has and behavior he shows is important because we are a hard-working club and if you want to perform here, you have to work hard for this team.”