Southampton are currently on a training camp in Tenerife where manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is conducting one-on-one meetings with his players, and he has revealed via southamptonfc.com how those he has spoken to so far have reacted during the discussions.
Well, following their 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Cardiff City at St Mary’s on Saturday, the Saints squad jetted off to the Canary Island for a mini-break where they can work on tactics in a somewhat warmer climate, as well as handing the Austrian boss a chance to speak individually to all of his players.
It had been reported previously that the 51-year-old intended to hold personal 20-minute sessions with his stars to talk about their positive and negative points – including showing them video footage from their performances – and now he has revealed how they responded with the meeting already underway.
Speaking to southamptonfc.com, he said: “I think they want to see what deficit they have still, and they also want to see what they make better now in their game.”
It should be hugely beneficial.
Despite the reverse against the Bluebirds, the south coast outfit are visibly improved since Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes at the helm in December, and they were unbeaten in the Premier League in 2019 prior to facing Neil Warnock’s side.
It can’t always be easier to get individual feedback across to players on the training pitch at home when you are preparing for games, so this break in Tenerife and work behind the scenes before they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on February 24 could prove to be crucial in Southampton’s bid to avoid the drop.