Southampton were completely humiliated on Friday evening, thumped 9-0 by Leicester City on home soil.
5-0 down at half time, the nightmare continued in the second half as 10-man Saints were taught a footballing lesson by Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes, and now face a daunting challenge in the Premier League when they visit the Etihad Stadium to take on reigning champions Manchester City this Saturday, following their meeting in the EFL Cup this evening.
Though there are no excuses to be told when a team of any standard – let alone Premier League standard – lose by such a margin, the departure of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s assistant manager, Danny Rohl, is being cited as one of the main issues surrounding Southampton’s collapse in form this season.
After a poor opening half to their campaign last season under Mark Hughes, Southampton’s form drastically improved when Hasenhuttl and Rohl – both previously of RB Leipzig – joined the club and steered them clear of relegation.
However, this term, things have been far from impressive at St Mary’s. The south coast outfit have won just two of their opening nine league fixtures and have now dropped into the bottom three thanks to Friday’s monumental capitulation against Leicester (via BBC Sport).
Sportsmail reports that Danny Rohl had a hands-on approach to training, with players largely enjoying his sessions. His unexpected departure to Bayern has impacted significantly on the team’s preparations for games, however, which is clearly being reflected in results on the pitch.
Although the departure of such an influential member of the coaching staff is unsettling, this is a team full of Premier League footballers who should be able to adapt, especially four months after Rohl left the club.
There are simply no excuses for losing 9-0, but, there is nothing that can be done to change the result now, so the squad just perhaps need to rally together and listen to the manager, which will hopefully be enough to scrape survival yet again this season.
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