Date: 18th April 2019 at 6:00am
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Southampton have five games remaining in the Premier League campaign of 2018/19 and there’s both confidence and optimism that our battle against relegation will be successful this term following our better turn in form under Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

With a marked improvement in results and overall performance levels, we now have a five point gap to Cardiff City in the last relegation spot, and we do of course have a game in hand over them so the advantage is ours and Brighton and Hove Albion.

With plenty of positives coming out of the club and praise for players for their improvement, centre-half Jannik Vestergaard is the latest player to talk about the confidence in the group under the new gaffer, given the impact he’s had on them.

Speaking this week as we head towards Saturday’s clash with Newcastle United, the Daily Echo have Vestergaard praising the greater organisation we now have under Hasenhuttl and how having clearly defined roles and jobs, has given everyone confidence of late.

“We are a lot more organised and everyone knows what to do. That gives you confidence when you do better and when you suddenly win games and you make it tough for even very good opponents – top-six teams. I think just by that he has given us some confidence. We’ve come a long way also mentally. I don’t think we are as vulnerable as we may have been earlier on in the season.”

Victory this weekend would almost mathematically guarantee safety and it would take a hell of a turn in form for Cardiff to then chase us down, but nobody can rest of their laurels until it’s guaranteed and then we want some momentum to take us through to next season.

 

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