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Hasenhuttl issues his verdict on Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch

Ralph Hasenhuttl has lauded Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch, suggesting that the American is an outstanding character ahead of the pair coming up against each other this weekend – in comments reported by Hampshire Live.

Southampton travel to Leeds looking for a repeat of the result they secured in the previous meeting. On that occasion, Armando Broja scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Saints.

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The margin may have been small on the scoreline, but the performances told a different story. For many, Leeds produced one of the worst displays under Marcelo Bielsa.

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Of course, much has changed since then. Leeds have welcomed a number of players back from injury. Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha did not feature on the south coast.

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And obviously, they are now under new management. Marsch has made a bright start to his tenure, winning his last two games.

Hasenhuttl and Marsch have crossed paths in the past. And the Southampton boss backed the Leeds head coach for success during his time in the Premier League.

“He’s an outstanding character, he’s very close to the players,” he said, as reported by Hampshire Live.

“It was interesting to hear his views on football and watch his development as a coach. It is not so easy to start in a German speaking country, but I think the step he made was absolutely good, with Salzburg, then Leipzig and now to the Premier League. It’s the right way to go.”

Leeds certainly benefitting from different approach under Marsch

Marsch has not made drastic changes since taking over from Bielsa. But Leeds now find themselves in a much better position in the table. They are now seven points clear of the bottom three.

There is still work to do. But Leeds appear to have benefitted from his different approach to man-management. His players are clearly enjoying their football again.

They have taken to Marsch’s approach. And that has helped them fight back to earn stoppage-time winners against Norwich and Wolves.

Much of the optimism will disappear if they lose on Saturday. But the confidence they currently have means that Leeds taking the lead this weekend would surely go a long way to boosting their hopes of getting another massive result.

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