Ralph Hasenhuttl: ‘Stupid to think Southampton could top the Premier League’

Ralph Hasenhuttl insists sentiment played no part in Theo Walcott return

A win over Newcastle would see the Saints reach the top of the Premier League.

Ralph Hasenhuttl stated it would have been “stupid” to anticipate Southampton could stand at the top of English football.

Success against Newcastle at St Mary’s Arena tomorrow night will see the Saints invest a minimum of a day at the top of the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Certainly, it is 32 years, when Southampton were handled by Chris Nicholl, that they could last regard themselves as top- flight table-toppers.

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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 5, 2020

However following a run of 4 triumphes from their last 5 getaways, Hasenhuttl’s side are on the edge of a little piece of history.

“If you told me this would happen before the season, I would say you are a little bit stupid,” stated Hasenhuttl. “We are lucky that we play Friday evening because it gives us a great chance.”

It caps an exceptional 12 months for Hasenhuttl after his side were whipped 9-0 by Leicester last October and dealing with up to the possibility of a relegation dogfight.

However they went on to finish a trustworthy 11th and head into Friday’s component fifth in the division after their opening 7 matches.

Nevertheless, Hasenhuttl is declining to get brought away with his side’s motivating early-season form.

RH on @IngsDanny: “At the minute it looks like he is out for 4-6 weeks.

“He’ll have a small surgery tomorrow morning. It could be worse, but he’ll be out and it’s not good news for us.” pic.twitter.com/rvQrneiYgq

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 4, 2020

“I have seen so many teams in the beginning of the season being top of the table and near the top, and then relegated,” the former RB Leipzig manager added.

” We understand things can alter so rapidly– a couple of injuries or something like that– however at the minute we are a very strong side and we revealed once again we can have a high level of carrying out.

” Prior to I came here, I operated at a team where losing was almost not enabled due to the fact that we desired to be top in Germany, and this mindset I attempted to carry out from the first day that I’m here.

“We have that mentality of, I sometimes call it, we like to be the pirate and it’s more fun than to join the navy. So it’s definitely something we can use every day and makes it fun to go and grab some points from the big teams.”

Hasenhuttl will lack Danny Ings for the see of Newcastle after his star striker went through surgical treatment on a knee injury. The England international, who has scored 5 times this season, is set to be sidelined for a minimum of one month.

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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 4, 2020

In his lack, Theo Walcott and Shane Long remain in contention to spearhead Southampton’s attack together with Che Adams.

Hasenhuttl, 53, added: “Whoever gets the possibility to play must understand this is a big possibility and get it due to the fact that we now have 4 to 6 weeks without Danny.

“We need somebody who gives us alternatives, and who gives us the best opportunities for what we demand – we will take a decision from there.”

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