Ryan Bertrand: Southampton felt 'relegated' after 9-0 Leicester loss

‘It was almost like a relegation in one’: Ryan Bertrand felt Southampton were down and out after 9-0 loss to Leicester City this time last year but praises Ralph Hasenhuttl for turning fortunes around

  • A year has passed since Southampton were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester City
  • The loss at St Mary’s was the joint-heaviest defeat in Premier League history
  • Saints defender Ryan Bertrand says the Saints felt they were relegated back then
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men turned their season around to stay up last season
  • The Saints are currently on a three-match unbeaten run in the league this term  

Ryan Bertrand claims Southampton felt they were relegated after they were thrashed 9-0 at home to Leicester City last season.

The Saints were comprehensively thrashed by the Foxes in front of their own supporters at a rain-soaked St Mary’s this time last year in a result that equalled the Premier League’s biggest every defeat.

But a year on from the damning result, Southampton have recovered and managed to retain their Premier League status last season, with Bertrand – who was sent off early on in the embarrassing loss – claiming the players have worked very hard since then.

Ryan Bertrand (left) claims the 9-0 loss to Leicester City this time last year felt like ‘relegation’

The Foxes thrashed the Saints away from home this time last year at a rain-soaked St Mary’s

Speaking about the 9-0 loss itself, the defender told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘Small things built up over an amount of time that revealed themselves in one evening.

‘It was almost like a relegation all in one. It allowed us to hit rock bottom, strip everything back and focus on what needed to be done.

‘As a club, we all got together and chose which path we wanted to go on – and that was all together fighting for this club, a place that we love, where we love playing.’

Bertrand (left) was sent off in the same match and claimed his side were at ‘rock bottom’

The south coast side have turned their fortunes around and beat Leicester in their last match

Many observers feared for Southampton and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s future at the club following the defeat, which saw the Saints go in 5-0 down at half-time following Bertrand’s 12th minute red card. 

But the south coast club turned their season around almost immediately, enjoying a fruitful winter period which even saw them get revenge on Leicester by beating them 2-1 in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium. 

After securing survival last season, Southampton have enjoyed a mixed start to the season but are currently on a three-match unbeaten run ahead of the visit of Everton on Sunday lunchtime. 

Bertrand’s Saints stayed up last season and are on a three-game unbeaten run this season

Bertrand (left) praised Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (right) for his resilience as a coach

The Saints’ most recent game saw them come from behind to claim a draw away at Chelsea last weekend, with Bertrand praising manager Hasenhuttl for both his tactical philosophy as a coach. 

Bertrand added: ‘Since then (the 9-0 loss), we’ve gone from strength to strength. It’s a testament to the manager and the club. We’ve really come together. 

‘He’s (Hasenhuttl) very passionate, very clear in the type of football he wants to achieve. 

‘To have someone that’s that passionate about his job is fantastic for a player to be a part of.’

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