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Oriol Romeu hopes for opportunities under Hasenhuttl at Southampton

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Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu hopes for a fresh start under new Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl

The former Barcelona and Chelsea player has spent the last three years at Southampton, but found his game time this season restricted under Mark Hughes.

However, new coach Hasenhuttl handed Romeu his first start since October 27 in the Austrian’s debut in the Southampton dugout last Saturday – which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City.

“To see yourself out of the squad, out of the team, week in and week out – no one wants to go through that,” Romeu told Sky Sports.

“I felt I was doing my job every day to be [in the team]. Mark Hughes probably had other thoughts, other things in mind and you need to accept that as a professional.

“There’s nothing else you can do, except wait until the chance comes. That’s what I did and last week I could be out there and help the team play. I felt so happy and enjoyed being back.”

After impressive spells with Ingolstadt 04 and RB Leipzig, Hasenhuttl has a stellar reputation in German football.

“Since the first day he came, we saw he wanted to change many things,” added Romeu.

“He’s done a lot of things on the training pitch already, he’s drawn so many lines it looks like an airport now.

“It’s a lot of information coming into our heads at the minute, but I think it’s for good and all the changes are going to help us.

“There’s plenty of lines and there’s plenty of zones and probably he wants to refine where we can do things and where we can’t.

“Also where we have to press and where we don’t. We haven’t gone too much into that detail, but I’m sure he wants to get into that as well.”

Southampton will host Arsenal at St Mary’s on Sunday in a Premier League match.