Vestergaard: Southampton fear relegation

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Jannik Vestergaard of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard admits relegation is on the team’s minds with the club currently in the drop zone

The Saints’ disastrous start this season prompted them to fire manager Mark Hughes after collecting just one win in their opening 14 Premier League games.

Things have improved under new coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, but Southampton still find themselves two points adrift of safety.

And Vestergaard, who arrived in the summer from German side Borussia Monchengladbach, admits it’s playing on their minds.

“You could make the argument that football is a job and we do get paid for it and we do have to attend work. But I think it’s more than a job,” said Vestergaard, according to Daily Mail.

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“Not many I have played with can just leave it in the dressing room. And then just forget about it and think about it when they get in the next day.

“Either staying in or going down. It affects you. Your life. And hundreds of people who work for the club.

“There’s a lot of emotions. Other people’s emotions too. You put it in a backpack and you carry it around with you.”

Southampton will face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.