Hasenhuttl urges Saints to place Man City on the back foot

Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged his Southampton players to be “aggressive” and to ask questions on Manchester City’s defense on Wednesday evening.

Teams, together with Southampton last season, have had success against City within the past by absorbing stress and seeking to catch them with a sucker punch.

The Saints survived the City attack to clinch a 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s males once they met at St Mary’s in the direction of the end of the last marketing campaign.


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Their last assembly in December was additionally a good affair, edged by City 1-0 solely after the Raheem Sterling strike.

“I believe we had nearly 50 per cent possession against them within the last recreation,” said Saints head Hasenhuttl. “That is all the time the key to being aggressive.

“It is necessary that you just eliminate the stress they often put on you, like a boxer hanging on the ropes, giving up one hit after one other.

“It’s a must to come out and allow them to run generally. We confirmed within the last recreation that now we have good solutions coming behind the last line. That is additionally a possibility against them to increase it and create possibilities. We had possibilities within the last two video games against them.

“You’ll want to have an ideal recreation, as all the time, however there is not any reason why we should not consider in what we’re doing.”

City’s victory over Southampton the last time they met was their first in a 21-game winning run in all competitions that ended solely with Manchester United’s defeat last Sunday.

Southampton, in the meantime, ended their own nine-game collection with out victory within the Premier League by beating Sheffield United on Saturday.

Hasenhuttl hopes that may kick off a extra constructive strike as points are nonetheless wanted to keep away from being pulled into the relegation scrap.

He said: “We had an necessary recreation on the weekend with three necessary points for us, but it surely’s progressing fast. We now have Man City and then Brighton.

“You see the table, how tight it’s. I believe it might be these 40 points you want this season, as a result of no team really drops within the back three. “

Che Adams, who scored the winner in that recreation against City last season, ended a 16-game goal drought with a shocking strike against Sheffield United.

With Danny Ings out by injury, Hasenhuttl hopes Adams can comply with by with extra.

He said: “It had been a long term when it did not score, however we could have the red-bottle bottle phenomenon. So long as nothing, then the whole lot comes! ”

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