Ruben Selles has acknowledged Southampton’s latest defensive enchancment and is aware of his aspect will face one other robust problem in opposition to Brentford on Wednesday.
The Saints’ goalless draw with Manchester United final outing ensured they picked up back-to-back clear sheets for the primary time this season.
Southampton stay rooted to the foot of the Premier League however a win in entrance of their very own followers in opposition to Brentford will see them transfer out of the underside three for the primary time since November.
Selles has solely been in cost for 4 league matches and feels he has already seen a defensive enchancment in his aspect however will not be getting carried away.
He informed a press convention: “Defensively we have been solid but we still need to be better.
“Every opponent is different, it’s not the same build up against Brentford than what we faced against Manchester United.
“I think with every game we learn something and do something, talk more with the players and are more examples – I think we are getting there.
“We are able to have the ball and be dominant, we want to play and defend higher – It’s not like we are focussed on the clean sheets, I know what it means for us and the principles we have in the game, we are not taking the offence apart to stay with the clean sheets.”
Brentford have loved a beautiful marketing campaign up to now and are eyeing up a European place come the tip of the season.
Thomas Frank’s in-form aspect at the moment sit ninth however misplaced for the primary time in 12 league video games final outing in a 1-0 defeat at Everton.
It appears Selles has lastly acquired a tune out of his Saints aspect however has not turned a blind eye to the specter of Brentford.
He continued: “We need to be at our top. Every game if we are not at our top and we don’t give ourselves the chance to perform then we cannot compete against anybody so we need to be at our top.
“They can play with a lot of systems, they are all players that can attack the space. It’s a different challenge but we are ready for it and we will solve the situations and we will have a game plan ready.
“When we took the team, the situation was much more complicated because the results and the performances were not good but now we are in the same position but having good performances.”
Only 5 factors separate the edges from Crystal Palace in twelfth to bottom-placed Southampton, in what’s shaping as much as be one of many tightest relegation scraps in latest occasions.
Selles will not be shocked by how shut the desk is after latest outcomes.
He stated: “The more teams the better (towards the bottom of the table). I’m not surprised because as you saw every team can beat every team in the Premier League.
“We saw how difficult it was for Arsenal to beat Bournemouth, Liverpool lost 1-0 and we did it against Chelsea and we almost won but drew with a good performance against Manchester United and you have a lot of example but I’m not surprised.”
Defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a doubt after he picked up a knock in coaching which noticed him miss the journey to Old Trafford.
Juan Larios and Tino Livramento stay long-term absentees.