World News – GB – Southampton boss Hasenhuttl reveals that he almost died after fighting the hantavirus


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The Austrian was in intensive care in 2012 fighting the hantavirus – a disease that is mainly transmitted by rodents that can damage internal organs – and was responsible for the German VfR Aalen in 2012.

It took the doctors some time to diagnose the rare problem – and the Southampton boss was in severe pain while in the hospital for more than a fortnight.

Before today’s clash with the wolves, Hasenhuttl recalled: “I know that people die from it. It’s what I was trying to push away because I felt young, healthy, and strong.

« I thought, » Why should I die from such a virus? « But it was definitely serious. I was in the hospital and intensive care unit for more than two weeks.

« I was in great pain. It was not nice. I don’t want to have this again after I know how it feels.

« It happened a little more often there. That was why we checked – and then knew I had this virus. You have to wait for your body to make antibodies and then hope to survive. ”

The ordeal kept him away from football for some time – to the point where he almost lost his position as Aalen boss.

However, since the club is unsure whether its manager can continue, they almost let go of him.

Had that happened, he probably would not have earned the chance to defeat Ingolstadt, then RB Leipzig and now the Saints.

Hasenhuttl, 53, added: “It was definitely serious. I almost lost my job back then because I had a very long time off.

« I just got promoted to the second division with a third division. I didn’t know when to start again and it almost cost me.

« But then I came back just before the season – and it was a successful one. I was still without electricity, without energy. It was’nt easy. ”

But Hasenhuttl is not one to relive history. When asked about previous victories against emerging opponents, his stock response is, “Past achievements are the least interesting. ”

Yet the pandemic that has ravaged the world made him reflect on his horrific experiences eight years ago.

Hasenhuttl explained: « It is human that you forget what you have been through – and that’s a good thing. If it weren’t for you, life wouldn’t be very good.

“I especially as a person can really put things aside and no longer think about them.

“At that moment I definitely had the feeling that life is more than just working and doing your job.

“You’re enjoying more every minute, and that’s a good thing. The longer the time goes by, the less you think about it.

Hasenhuttl made a full recovery and now appears to be one of the best managers in the Premier League as he marches up and down his line of contact.

And today he wants to inspire victory in the Wolves, which would put the Saints in the top four.

He is likely to welcome Ryan Bertrand and James Ward-Prowse back from injury, despite talisman Danny Ings staying outside.

Nuno Espirito Santos Wolves are currently seven places below Saints in 12th place – but have been seventh in the last two seasons.

When asked if the Midlands outfit could be a role model for Southampton, Hasenhuttl replied: “You definitely did a very good job.

« They definitely invested some money, more than we did then, but they did a great job.

“You can be a good example of what is possible for smaller clubs like us. But I think they are still one step ahead of us because they are longer in their progress.

« We now feel that no matter where we go, we have a chance to win. This is good – it gives you confidence without losing your focus and focus.

“It is important to be in a different part of the table, it takes the load off us and allows us to focus more on development than on survival.

“We know we can handle this time. We have a squad that is physically strong and last season we had our best Christmas time ever.

« We’re looking forward to it this time – because we’ve shown that we can play three games a week. ”

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