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‘Ten years in the Premier League is a massive achievement for Southampton’, says Ralph Hasenhuttl

“Ten years in the Premier League is a great achievement for Southampton,” says Ralph Hasenhuttl… but the Austrian warns it will be harder to stay in the top flight.

  • Southampton face Leicester on Sunday with Premier League status assured
  • The Saints reached safety of 40 points with a draw at Brighton on April 24
  • Hasenhuttl insists that they cannot afford to relax when they return from the summer.

Ralph Hasenhuttl warned Southampton not to take their Premier League status for granted as they celebrate a decade back in the top flight.

The Saints will close the curtain on their 10th campaign among the greats since winning promotion from the Championship in 2012 when they head to Leicester on Sunday, an 11th season already secured.

However, Hasenhuttl insists they cannot afford to relax when they return after the summer with promoted Fulham and Bournemouth hoping to ensure their stays are not short-lived.

Ralph Hasenhuttl warned Southampton not to take their Premier League status for granted

Ralph Hasenhuttl warned Southampton not to take their Premier League status for granted

The Austrian said: ‘The Premier League, I don’t have to talk about the best teams, every year they are stronger and better.

“But we also have to see that we’re improving, and we’ve done that last season, otherwise we wouldn’t have managed to be relatively secure in the league, even if we’re not making the big signings or losing the best of us.” players in the transfer market.

“But we could still stay there and this for me is still a great success for this club.” A tenth consecutive year in the league is quite an achievement for Southampton, I must say.

‘But this is not a guarantee for the future, that you have been here so long now that you will remain there in the future. We have to work hard and we have to give our best and not make mistakes.’

The Saints reached the safety mark of 40 points with a 2-2 draw at Brighton on April 24.

The Saints reached the safety mark of 40 points with a 2-2 draw at Brighton on April 24.

Southampton reached 40 points with a 2-2 draw at Brighton on April 24, but have lost all three games they have played since then – against Crystal Palace, Brentford and Liverpool – to sit 15th with only Everton able to overcome them.

Asked what he had learned during a challenging season, Hasenhuttl said: “Sometimes you learn how much you can take in some moments, how much you can take, and sometimes you learn how it feels when you have a feeling that you always take the right thing.” decisions and no matter what you do, no matter what form you play, no matter which players you pick, it all works.

“That happens, but as always, football doesn’t always go according to your plans and football can sometimes be very brutal as well.

‘Both situations you have to handle as a manager, and not hang too high, neither in the successful moments nor in the not so successful ones. This is our job and what we have to do when we do this job.’

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