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Southampton 1 v 0 Leeds United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 16th October 2021 Kick-off 15:00
All The News From Ralph Hasenhuttl's Pre Leeds United Press Conference
Thursday, 14th Oct 2021 11:34

All the latest news from Ralph, as he addresses the media ahead of Saints vital game against Leeds United on Saturday at St Mary's. Ralph calls for Saints supporters to be behind the team for what will be an intense game.

The first question to Ralph has been about the takeover at Newcastle United and the impact it might have on Saints.

"In general, investment is a good thing. From which side it comes, it is not for me to say if it's right or not.

"It's a big chance for the club, because when you want to change the team you need a lot of money. Newcastle is a team that hasn't invested very much in the past so they are all crying for that. They definitely have some more options.

"In the moment, the window is closed so it is not possible until the winter break to invest. In the future, it will definitely change their opportunities and they can strengthen their team, which can have an impact on their season."

Ralph has also spoken about how things are working, but not quite there yet.

"We have had a few chances too in the games, even against Manchester City, which shows we have done some things right," he said.

"Also against Chelsea, until the red card we were very good against one of the best teams in the league. A lot of this is working well but we cannot deny our goal scoring is not at the level it needs to be to get wins.

"This is the issue we have and it's not a surprise situation as we lost our best goal scorer in the summer [Danny Ings], but we trust the new boys coming in. We will give them the time to adapt to the Premier League and then they will score, for sure. I will work with them every day to make them better."

Next up is injury news:

"Jack Stephens is still out and Che Adams has returned from the international break with a muscle injury," he said.

"It is not too serious but he will definitely be out for the game this weekend.

"I have not seen everybody back so far but the reports have been quite positive for the rest."

The Austrian also predicts a tense encounter with the Yorkshire side.

Playing against Leeds is "one of the most intense games of the season" said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

"The average number of passes the opposition play against Leeds is one of the lowest in the league," he said.

"It will be nice to watch [for the neutral] with a lot of mistakes in the game because of the pressure each side puts on the other. You will not see a five star dinner, it will be about winning the second balls. This is the way they play and we have to find the right answer because it will be an intense fight.

"They are a team who always have a lot of players behind the ball and are never really exposed. The team that scores the first goal is definitely in a good situation because it gives them more space for counter-attacks, which both teams want.

"Our supporters know what is coming so they need to give us the support to put pressure on the opponent. We don't want it to be nice to come to St Mary's to take points so we need this committed performance form the players, the fans and everybody."

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