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Hasenhuttl hails benefits of Saints' warm-weather trip

8th February 2019, 11:42 by Chris Rivers

Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl says next week's trip to Tenerife should leave his team perfectly prepared for the rest of the season.

The Saints are in action against Cardiff City on Saturday in a huge battle down at the wrong end of the Premier League table, with the Bluebirds just two points behind the south-coast outfit.

Hasenhuttl was disappointed with the way his team failed to hold on for what could have proved a vital victory at Burnley last weekend, conceding a last-minute penalty to draw 1-1.

Nevertheless, the Austrian has made progress with the squad since arriving in early December 2018 and Southampton remain unbeaten in the Premier League this calendar year.

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Derby on penalties following a replay, Southampton will not be back in action again after Saturday until the league game at Arsenal on February 24.

Hasenhuttl feels it is a "pity" Southampton failed to progress in a competition which presented a chance to "win something very big", but he intends to make the most of the break.

"What we now try to do is to use this time for hard work and to get perfectly prepared for the last two or three months that we have to go," he told the club's official website.

"We have prepared videos for every player about his positive things and his negative things, and to show them what we are demanding more and to show them what was good until now.

"A little bit of feedback is very important for them, and therefore we need a lot of time, but I think they appreciate that and they need that to make their next step, and therefore it is perfect to go there and have time together.

"It is also partly about the better weather conditions, when you want to train tactical things on the pitch, because then you can rest for two or three minutes and you can explain more without catching a cold, and you can work in a good atmosphere.

"I hope that we take a good result on the weekend and then we can go there with a very good atmosphere, and that helps us a lot to be critical and also positive in looking forward for the next exercises."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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