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Ralph Hasenhuttl greets Southampton defender Armel Bella-Katchap after his dominant performance

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Ralph Hasenhuttl greets Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kochap after his dominant performance in their win over Chelsea, but the Austrian is concerned about goalscorer Romeo Lavia’s hamstring injury

  • Ralph Hasenhuttl singles out Armel Bella-Kochap after 2-1 win over Chelsea
  • Southampton boss praises 20-year-old German’s defensive performance
  • Small concern about hamstring injury in midfielder Romeo Lavia out of competition
  • Saint’s scored all three points thanks to goals from Lavia and Adam Armstrong

Ralph Hasenhuttl praised Armel Bella-Katchap’s performance in Southampton’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Tuesday night.

The Saints manager dismissed the 20-year-old summer signing for an impressive defensive display, using his dominance to keep Chelsea at bay and secure all three points for Hasenhuttl’s side.

His performance summed up Southampton’s youthful exuberance, which saw them come back from 1-0 behind to win the match thanks to goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was pleased with Armel Bella-Katchap’s performance. from Southampton

German defender Bella-Kochap celebrates Southampton's 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday

German defender Bella-Kochap celebrates Southampton’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday

However, it was Bella-Kochap who praised Hasenhuttl after the match and defended his defender’s physical abilities.

“If you look at the physical quality he has, it’s perfect for the Premier League,” said Hasenhuttl. “And this is what we hoped for in the summer.

“I was more wondering if he had the right mentality, but it seems the Premier League is so interesting for him and he is completely focused.”

It is a view shared by BT Sport pundits Jermaine Jenas and Saints legend Francis Benail, who both spoke about the German’s performance after the impressive win.

Bella-Kochap was credited for a dominant display in defense keeping Chelsea at bay

Bella-Kochap was credited for a dominant display in defense keeping Chelsea at bay

“He’s one of five or six players who have had an instant impact.” said Benail.

“What we’ve seen is maturity beyond their age. He takes big positions and recognizes danger.’

While Jenas was pleased with Bella-Katchap’s maturity and how he took charge of the game.

“He has authority in the way he plays, how aggressive he is in the tackle and his positional sense, you always want someone who is at the forefront and he seems to want to take that mantle at 20.

“He also played well against United and their scouting continues to produce.”

Southampton's Romeo Lavia goes down with a hamstring injury that would rule him out

Southampton’s Romeo Lavia goes down with a hamstring injury that would rule him out

It was only a minor bummer to the win, with fellow new recruit Romeo Lavia sustaining a hamstring injury that Hasenhuttl is waiting to hear about.

“Everything is very positive except for a worrying hamstring injury for Romeo (Lavia), who hopefully won’t be out for too long.”

The 55-year-old did credit to Southampton fans at St Mary’s, describing how they got Saints across the line in the closing stages of the match.

“The atmosphere tonight was sensational. That carried us through the last fifteen minutes when we were sometimes under pressure.”

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