Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong: ‘There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears’

Midfielder on life under Hasenhüttl, wanting revenge with Scotland against England at Euro 2020 and his law degree

Ralph Hasenhüttl will not be getting comfortable any time soon and has often turned to the same analogy to warn his Southampton squad against complacency by saying that if they lean back they will immediately foot the bill, but the turn of the year marks an appropriate time to reflect on striking progress. Only Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have won more games over the past 12 months and Southampton head into Monday’s match at home to the champions and league leaders within touching distance of the top four, despite failing to win any of their past four matches.

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