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As the Saints prepare to face Spanish opposition twice in the space of a week, the South Coast team can take inspiration from their recent successful endeavour against teams from La Liga, as Levante paid a visit to St Mary’s in midweek only to suffer a 1-0 defeat.
The unlikeliest of goalscorers in Kyle Walker-Peters struck the game’s only goal in the 62nd minute, and Hasenhuttl paid tribute to “a beautiful evening” as fans provided the atmosphere during Southampton’s third victory of the pre-season period.
Hasenhuttl’s side kicked off their summer preparations in somewhat disappointing fashion with a 1-1 draw against Fulham but proceeded to claim back-to-back successes over Cardiff City and Swansea City during their stint in Wales, although Athletic Bilbao represent quite the step-up in opposition.
As impressive as they have looked on the pitch, Southampton have only been in the news for one reason recently, as Danny Ings completed an unforeseen move to Aston Villa after Hasenhuttl had previously expressed optimism over the striker’s chances of signing a new deal.
There can be little time to dwell on the loss of the ex-Liverpool man, though, as Southampton have one final opportunity to figure out their optimal winning formula before Everton and Manchester United lie in wait during the first two weeks of the Premier League season.
By the time they step out onto the Anfield turf, Athletic Bilbao would have either been buoyed by a confidence-boosting success over Southampton or trying to pick themselves up from a dampening result at St Mary’s.
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As is the case with Liverpool, Marcelino‘s men are also rounding off their pre-season period with two friendlies in the space of two days, and it has been a mixed bag for the Copa del Rey runners-up so far in terms of results.
Sandwiched in between defeats to St Gallen and Union Berlin were hard-fought successes over Dynamo Kiev and Borussia Dortmund, and with Barcelona lying in wait for Athletic in gameweek two of the new La Liga season, a positive end to their pre-season campaign is a must.