Hasenhüttl: Wolves a tough nut to crack

By SFC Media Fri 12 Apr Saints v Wolves
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton's past two home games might have seen them pitted against top-six Premier League sides, but that doesn't mean manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is expecting any sort of an easier task when they host Wolves this Saturday.

Outside of the top-flight's established elite, Nuno Espírito Santo's vibrant team are about as tough a prospect as anyone, and Hasenhüttl is fully aware of it.

they have a good manager with a very, very clear plan.

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"We are preparing for a very, very strong opponent," he said. "They have showed they can also win against the big teams. They are a very organised team, with good players, and it's not a coincidence they have had such a good season so far.

"They have a good manager with a very, very clear plan, and they are a little bit similar also with the shape that we play.

"It will be a tough game, like the last two home games, but we are also in not the worst shape at the moment, so let's have a look."

Victory for Saints, who have won three of their past five – losing only to Manchester United and Liverpool – would take them to 36 points and move them another step closer to ensuring their Premier League status for next season.

Off the back of a string of impressive displays, Hasenhüttl believes Saturday's game is another good opportunity to showcase the progress being made.

"If anybody knows the Premier League, they know how good Wolves have played this year and how often big teams have been struggling against them, so for us it's another step to show ourselves that we can beat such a team also," he said.

"At home, we have the crowd pushing us and we showed also against the big teams that we can make a good performance. We will need one, that is for sure. It's also a crucial game for us."

Hasenhüttl added: "We need every game to show the crowd and ourselves that we have learned a lot in this year and that we can do it better and better.

"It's a hard nut to crack against Wolverhampton, like the last games, which were not easy. But I have this feeling that we now work together in the same direction and that we can put something special, like a special atmosphere in our stadium, where it must be very difficult in the future for the opponents coming here to get points, and that is what we are trying to build up at the moment.

"I think in the last games every big team felt that it is not so easy to play against us in our stadium."

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