Relegation battle heats up! Southampton hit Tenerife training camp

It proved to be as miserable as it was a dramatic weekend for Southampton after they dropped into the Premier League
relegation zone following defeat by Cardiff City.
The Saints appeared to scrape a draw in the St Mary's clash on Saturday after Jack Stephens' stoppage time equaliser, only for Cardiff to then immediately retake the lead and grab a winner.
It leaves the Saints in the bottom three and out in the cold in terms of Premier League safety but boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has found a way to bring warmer climes to the team.
Southampton's third round exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Derby County now means they will be without a fixture for over two weeks, offering the chance for a warm trip away from the south coast to Tenerife.
But Saints players can forget any notion of a short holiday, as Hasenhuttl stated that the five-day trip that started on Monday was about 'hard work' and getting tactical plans in place ahead of trying to keep his side in the top flight.
'What we now try to do is to use this time for hard work and to get perfectly prepared for the last two or three months that we have to go,' Hasenhuttl told the club's website
.
'We have prepared videos for every player about his positive things and his negative things and to show them what we are demanding more and to show them what was good until now. 
? Session one?? Session twoA rigorous second day of #SaintsFC
's training camp in Tenerife is well under way: pic.twitter.com/LBax66tGQk
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'A little bit of feedback is very important for them, and therefore we need a lot of time, but I think they appreciate that and they need that to make their next step and therefore it is perfect to go there and have time together.
'It is also partly about the better weather conditions when you want to train tactical things on the pitch, because then you can rest for two or three minutes and you can explain more without catching a cold, and you can work in a good atmosphere.
Southampton return to action on February 24 when they face a testing trip at Arsenal as they bid to extend their seven-year stay in the top flight. 
 
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