Taking on the top-six is something smaller sides in the Premier League rarely aim to do head-on, but Ralph Hasenhuttl and Southampton aren’t your typical duo.
Up next: #CFC!
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 29, 2019
The Saints manager has openly admitted via the club’s official Twitter account that he believes his side are close to being able to go toe-to-toe with the big guns of the English top-flight.
The south coast side have already held Manchester United at home this season and over the weekend the Saints were unlucky to not walk away from north London with anything against Tottenham.
Hasenhuttl’s words, though, drew a mixed reaction from supporters on social media, with one side believing the club can get results against the top-six whilst others think Southampton are doomed to continue losing to such clubs.
Here is what some Southampton fans had to say on Twitter…
Honest. Wins will come.
— Greg Small (@GregSmallPT) September 29, 2019
Defence: Play a goalkeeper who makes saves. Midfield: Play with more flair. Forwards: Let them play for 90m. Manager: Better team selection for the match.
— Saints Pundit SFC (@SaintsPundit) September 29, 2019
Wow, so true, tired of the excuses, execute!
— Wade1973 (@WadeMartin1973) September 29, 2019
One thing dear manager.
If needed please use your substitution before 80th minute.
And yeah Southampton Bangladesh is behind you. #SaintsFC
— Saints Ehsan (@maharaja_auntor) September 29, 2019
Some supporters, though, weren’t too confident ahead of some upcoming fixtures…
Up next….another defeat.
— David Strover (@The_Strovinator) September 29, 2019
Up next, more… # Players played out of position # Substitutions so late the players are nearly on the bus home # Wondering why we’re not playing as well since Danny Rohl left.
— Clive Arnold (@Clive_Arnold) September 29, 2019
1st drop vestergard. 2nd pay a right back . You had one sat waching the game and he most of last season?3rd subs ? 80 mins? They were down to 10men and not a point . Team payed well but dany could of done with some help. Roll on sunday .
— Nick Graham (@nicksfc73) September 29, 2019
And the manager and coaching staff need to step up their game
— James McConachie (@JMcConachie) September 29, 2019
Southampton next face Chelsea in the Premier League following their 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Saturday.