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Hasenhuttl is confident an almost fully-fit squad can boost the Saints

Sat 03 April 2021 | 11:34

The Saints manager is hoping his fully-fit team can end the campaign in the same way they started it when they go against Burnley on Sunday.

Southampton

forward

Danny Ings

has almost recovered from the leg problem and is training with the squad again.

Playing

Theo Walcott

on Sunday is another topic under negotiation as he sustained a thigh injury which kept him out since late January.

James Ward-Prowse

is back from international duty as he suffered a calf injury; however, the England international is likely to make an appearance against the Clarets.

During the beginning of the campaign,

Ralph Hasenhuttl

’s squad managed to sit top of the

Premier League

, enjoying a rich vein of form.

Since vanquishing Liverpool on January 4, however, they have only won one league game. As the FA Cup semi-finals are near, the Southampton boss believes his squad needs consistency in the closing weeks.

With the guys that have been here (during the international break), we could work on a few things we wanted to and bring them to a better shape,”

the Southampton boss said.

“As soon as the injured players are coming back, you normally have more quality and more options for your game plan, this will help us.

“We know these next two Premier League games are important to take good results and we know we have to have a very good performance.

“We can look forward to these games because we have shown we are on the way back to the way we played before this not so successful time.”

Hasenhuttl added:

“It is not only about having them back, it is also about how we want to act, and what makes us strong.

“I think we have shown in the FA Cup against Bournemouth, OK only a Championship team, but even there we have shown what made us strong and how we can play.

“We expect a much tougher game now against Burnley, but (we must have) the same behaviours and same effort, then we have a chance to win against them.”

Burnley

have only been defeated once in their last six matches, with four draws.

Hasenhuttl said:

“This team is one of the teams you have to have a good performance if you want to win against them.

“They are always good, organised, always strong. Every team is struggling against them. They had some good results this season again.

“We know about their good automatism, also with the ball they have good development in the team playing very straight football.

“I am a fan from what they are doing with the options they have in the club. They took the maximum out of it and so big praise for them and for the manager.”


source: SportMob

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