Tottenham are”more dangerous” following a bad run of results that has abandoned them like a wounded boxer, says Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Spurs have won each of the past 17 games – after losing on penalties against League Two Colchester United, and on Tuesday night that they jumped out of their Carabao Cup in the next round.
Hasenhuttl takes his Saints side-by-side London on Saturday -“it’s a huge challenge, but we enjoy such challenges” – and also the Austrian is wary of confronting the wrath of a frustrated Spurs team.
“As always, like a fighter, if he’s knocked a small bit he’s even more harmful, so listen” , stated Hasenhuttl ahead of Saturday’s trip.
“We do not look too much on them. I think it’s important for all of us to concentrate on our qualities. We are aware that it is a huge challenge, but we enjoy these struggles.
“Our past far games were very good – much better than our house games – so we’re not fearful about this game, we like to go out there.
“It’s on usand how we believe in our qualities and the way we learn to compete against the large teams away from your home. In away games it must be ideal, if we don’t do that it’s difficult.
“It is never an advantage against a huge team if they’re struggling as you must remain conscious of the quality they have. We expect the hardest opponent we could imagine.”
Spurs director Mauricio Pochettino achieved good success in their own spell taking them into an finish in the Premier League – the highest in the history of the club.
Hasenhuttl is an admirer of his predecessor Pochettino who he states shot Spurs”from an extremely struggling team to some Champions League finalist”.
“I think he did a great job in Tottenham. I think it is incredible that he can there,” added Hasenhuttl.
Last season, though, Hasenhuttl was successful at his first meeting from Pochettino – although the Argentine was not present from the dugout owing to his rant at referee Mike Dean.
“Last yearhe wasn’t permitted to take a seat on the bench, so maybe this is the reason why we could take the three points,” he further added.
“I really don’t understand how we won that match since they should’ve been up by four in the first half. Therefore it was a really good second half. We had a few great subs from the half-time and we took more risks.
“If you want to take points against such a team, you want a nearly perfect performance, and even then you aren’t sure.”
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