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Hasenhuttl hails ‘brave’ Southampton after draw at Chelsea

Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has praised his side’s bravery after earning a notable draw against Chelsea.

The Saints have enjoyed somewhat of a mini-revival under Hasenhuttl, picking up seven points from their last five Premier League games, including a win against Arsenal and last night’s draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Southampton were forced to soak up a lot of pressure, with the hosts enjoying 71% possession, and having 17 strikes on goal. However, only six of those were on target, with the visitors getting in an impressive nine blocks as they frustrated Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Speaking after the game, former RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl was impressed with his side’s bravery in defence.

“I think it was very hard work against the ball,” the Austrian told the BBC.

“The guys were brave, sometimes pressing high, sometimes deeper. We didn’t give so many chances away, they have fantastic quality and to defend every attack is not easy, but with our mentality we deserved a point.

“In the last 30 minutes you feel tired, we had to close the gaps and if you have guy like Eden Hazard dribbling at you, you need a lot of players near him to stop him.

“We made the right decision to change so many players against Manchester City to keep them fresh for today. I don’t want to say we gave the Manchester City game away but we had more chances today. It was an amazing fight we gave.”

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