Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg says that the fans will play a big part in their game against Inter in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Saints will host the Italians at St. Mary’s Stadium on Thursday in a very important match. Southampton sits in third place in Group K with four points, two points behind leaders Sparta Prague. They are level on points with second-placed Hapoel Be’er Sheva and one point ahead of Inter.
Inter is currently without a manager since the firing of Frank De Boer earlier in the week, and Inter Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi will lead the side against Southampton. The Italians got a 1-0 win in their last meeting in Milan.
“It’s a crucial game,” Hojbjerg said. “If we win this game I think it looks very good ahead of the knockout stages.
“If we lose the game, we suddenly can be one step behind, and with only two games left then there is a lot to catch and that can be difficult.
“So it’s really important to get a good start to the game, to get a good feeling and atmosphere. The fans have to be there, and I really look forward to it.”
Southampton had a lot of traveling fans for the fixture in Italy, and Hojbjerg said it was something that the players noticed.
“I must say, I have been at some clubs and I think I have never experienced something like that, and to be that loud doesn’t happen a lot,” Hojbjerg said.
“The players can feel it, and the players will try to put all their energy into the game… and we will maybe make history and go through to the knockout stages.”