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Opinion: Hasenhuttl is showing why Southampton were spot on to get rid of Hughes

Opinion: Hasenhuttl is showing why Southampton were spot on to get rid of Hughes

It was a disappointing result for Southampton following their 2-2 draw with Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup, especially having gone two goals up thanks to Nathan Redmond’s brace.

Nevertheless, the Saints still find themselves in a good period under Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has completely transformed the team in a short space of time after succeeding Mark Hughes in the St. Mary’s dugout.

Hughes was dismissed as Southampton manager last month in a move that was long overdue. Under the Welshman, the south coast club produced little in attack and were porous at the back — a stark difference to now with Hasenhuttl since coming in and installing the methods that saw him achieve such great success with RB Leipzig in Germany.

With the Austrian at the helm, the Saints are now scoring goals, evident from important wins against Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, playing in a quicker and more entertaining way and, overall, look tactically better.

In their recent 0-0 Premier League draw versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they limited Maurizio Sarri’s men to few chances, looking comfortable for most of the game as they sat back and held their shape.

If they can continue to perform like that, then guiding the club to Premier League safety should be no problem for Hasenhuttl, who is proving to be a very shrewd appointment.

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