Under-pressure Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl warned his players that their vital Premier League match against bottom of the table Sheffield United this Saturday will require ‘a perfect performance’.
The Saints have been on a wretched run of form with just one win in their last 14 league games, and Hasenhuttl was keen to state that the despite the Blades’ own woes this season, it will be far from an easy contest.
“Against Villa, to win at home with one man down for 30 minutes, I think shows you everything, how tough it will be there to win," he said.
“And for us even more when we haven't won since a few games and this is the reason why we are very warned what we have to expect there, and the players they accept this and will fight for the win. "It would be good when we have again not a lot of chances that we give them. In the last game I think they had a few chances from set-pieces, but in the game there were not massive chances against us.” However, the Austrian was quick to point out that despite the Saints’ recent struggles, they are already at the 30-point mark, and a win this weekend can change the narrative completely.
The return of a number of key first team players to training also comes as a major boost ahead of the fixture, with Kyle-Walker Peter, Ibrahim Diallo and Takumi Minamino set to be assessed.
He said: "We have a few players back. I don't know if everyone is available for the weekend, but it's good to have them back in training. That's important.
"But this was not the reason why we didn't win games in the past. I think we had some other issues and we worked on these margins to find the way back against a team at the weekend who will fight for everything."