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The former RB Leipzig boss took charge of the Saints four games back and have already brought around some change to the relegation wary side.
He said, “I knew it from the beginning when I was coming here. I knew exactly what a brutal schedule is waiting for us in the first weeks. To prepare a new team, to know the new players, how they play and what they can do for you and that’s an important part today to give players a chance. I saw them only for now just practising and not under pressure in a Premier League game.”
“If I want to make decisions in January about new transfers I need to know everyone in the team. Therefore, I need the impressions that I got and it’s an important game for me.”
Granted Hasenhüttl might not be offered a lot of financial leverage going into the mid-season window but the 51-year-old’s renewed perception of his players could give him tools to work with.
He further added, “I saw a young Kayne Ramsay who made a good job, I saw Prowsey performed really well and that’s important for me so I can make decisions in January.”
Hasenhüttl made 6 changes to the starting lineup against City and even admitted to resting some of his best players for the upcoming Chelsea game, instead of bringing them on when his team were down by two goals.