Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted Southampton can draw inspiration from countryman Dominic Thiem of their pursuit of constantly competing with the perfect golf equipment within the Premier League.
The Austrian takes his crew to Wolves on Monday figuring out a victory will transfer them again into the highest 4 and whereas that could be an unrealistic goal come the conclusion of the marketing campaign, the 53-year-old is at all times eager to try for higher.
Approaching two years at St Mary’s, the previous RB Leipzig boss has taken the Saints from relegation candidates to a longtime mid-table facet and is conscious the way in which to enhance is to go toe to toe with the elite.
It has been an identical story for Austria tennis star Thiem, who on the age of 27 lastly clinched a maiden grand slam on the US Open in September regardless of enjoying in an period with greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Hasenhuttl mentioned: “I didn’t look from such an angle however there are positively some comparisons.
“If you wish to develop, you want these video games in opposition to huge groups and large gamers to see how good they’re after which to study to adapt your sport. That is what he did additionally.
“It’s not solely ready about till they’re too previous and never enjoying anymore as a result of others will do the identical after which you have to compete with them.
“For us it’s about attempting to compete with the highest groups. I mentioned one time the quote that ‘if you wish to be a lion, it’s a must to battle with lions’ and I believe this suits excellent.
“You solely get higher when you have these video games. Generally it’s a dropping sport however even then you may study so much from this.”
After Thiem stormed by means of to the ultimate of the ATP Finals on Saturday with a outstanding victory over Djokovic, Hasenhuttl will hope his gamers can obtain a constructive outcome at Molineux.
In Wolves, Southampton have a direct rival for a top-eight end and likewise a membership who can act as inspiration to make the leap to battle with the standard prime six.
“We aren’t fearful of any crew anymore,” Hasenhuttl added. “This is step one to being profitable.”
In numerous instances, the Saints supervisor would have been in attendance at London’s O2 Enviornment on Sunday to observe his fellow Austrian tackle Daniil Medvedev within the last.
Hasenhuttl is hopeful Thiem will have the ability to watch a sport at St Mary’s quickly, he added: “I do know Dominic very properly as a result of we’ve met one another a couple of instances. He’s a Chelsea fan!
“I attempted to ask him however then it was the pandemic and it didn’t work. I’m at all times following his growth and his sport.
“It’s superb the progress he has made. I wish to have watched him reside as soon as right here in England, in London, however it’s not attainable for the time being.
“There’ll come a time once I can see him enjoying, hopefully then he’s nonetheless a prime participant. For me, he has the perfect package deal for being primary sooner or later, which is his largest purpose and I’m positive he can attain it.”