Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has delivered his honest verdict on Arsenal and Chelsea after facing the two London sides in the Premier League last week.
The Saints suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to the Blues at home. They were really poor, but they bounced back with a brilliant win over Mikel Arteta’s side a few days ago.
Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Chelsea tomorrow, Hasenhuttl was asked about the difference in quality between the two sides. He honestly claimed that the Gunners are still a step behind the European champions.
Ralph Hasenhuttl: Chelsea are a level above Arsenal
Speaking in his press conference, the Southampton boss said, as per Hampshire Live: “It is a Champions League winning team [Chelsea] and I think they are still a step forward from a team like Arsenal.
“They [Arsenal] have also shown some good moments this season, but I think there is still a gap to the Chelsea team from the quality. I must say this is why we could defend against them a little bit better.”
“I know they [Arsenal] had some injury issues and Chelsea were on fire against us. Yes, you can say we played a very different way, with an offensive way of defending against them, and last time a bit more of a passive way.
“But I think Chelsea have shown against Real Madrid that they can also score a few goals, this is not so easy to prevent for any team in the world, and it is hard against them when they are on fire.”
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and as much as it hurts, we must admit that the Blues are on a different level compared to us at the moment.
However, that doesn’t mean we can’t beat them.
Arsenal gave both Manchester City and Liverpool a run for their money earlier this year. When we’re in the mood, we have the ability to blow teams away, and that’s exactly what Arteta will be hoping from his side tomorrow.
As difficult as it will be, a win is an absolute necessity for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge to stay alive in the top four race, and Arteta has to get his tactics right to get us over the line.