The Emirates FA Cup is one of the most prestigious domestic cup tournaments in English football. Tonight, Southampton FC became the first team to qualify to this year’s semi-finals as the Saints dominated Bournemouth.
Midfielder Nathan Redmond was the hero for the team tonight as he scored an amazing brace in the game. Apart from Redmond, Moussa Dejenepo also registered himself on the score sheet with a goal.
Following the sensational victory, their manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had some special words of appreciation for his players. In an interview, Hasenhuttl said:
“We know that they were definitely very focused on this game as well. We knew it was a big chance for us to achieve something big and for us going to Wembley now, it’s only the semi-final but it’s the first big step I think and I think we could feel this from the first minute today that this team really wanted to go there.”
🗣 "For us going to Wembley now, it's the first big step."
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 20, 2021
Can Ralph Hasenhuttl lead Southampton FC to win the FA Cup?
Playing at the Wembley Stadium is the dream of every player in England. The atmosphere, the nerves, everything is off the charts in that historic stadium. And for the Saints to become the first to qualify to play, there is quite an honor.
But the job is not finished yet, as their manager said. This is the first step for them and if they can advance to the finals, then they can truly have a sense of achievement. Their next opponents could be the league leaders, Manchester City, who have their fixture up next against Everton.
If the Saints have to face off against City, it could be a problem for them. But what are your thoughts on the expectations from them? Do you think they can win the FA Cup this year? Or do you think they will be stopped on their track in the Semi-Finals? Feel free to drop a comment down below.
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